Greenburgh & Rye Democratic Committees Approve Farkas' Campaign

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has announced the Democratic Committee of the Town of Greenburgh and the Rye Town Democratic Committee in Westchester County have voted to approve her candidacy to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York's 17th Congressional District. The Town of Greenburgh includes the villages of Tarrytown, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, and Irvington. The Rye Town Committee represents Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye Neck.

The votes of approval mean that Greenburgh and Rye District Leaders — elected party positions representing each election district — will carry petitions to collect signatures to get Farkas on the June 23, 2020 NY primary ballot.

"I am grateful for the support of the Greenburgh Democratic Committee and the Rye Town Democrats as we start petitioning," Farkas said. "In this all-hands-on-deck moment in our nation's history, I know our friends in these communities are just as dedicated as I am to fighting this corrupt administration and restoring the freedom and opportunities afforded by the American dream that have made this country so special."

Farkas, who is the only candidate in the race with substantial federal legislative and policy expertise, has been endorsed by former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for president, John Kerry, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowksi, and former U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Bob Graham.

The child of Hungarian refugees, Farkas was raised and attended public schools in Westchester. For nearly three decades, she has represented the United States in various capacities, defending democracy and advancing human rights. Farkas has been a leading policy and legislative expert in the Defense Department, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as Executive Director of the WMD Commission. She has worked as a human rights officer in Bosnia, taught US Marines, and advised former defense secretaries and Senators, including Hillary Clinton. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, Evelyn was responsible for U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. After the 2016 election, she stood up to conservative media to publicly denounce President Trump's corrupt ties to Russia. For the last several years, Evelyn has been a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and German Marshall Fund and a National Security Contributor on NBC/MSNBC. Farkas earned a bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College, where she is a Trustee, and a master's and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

New York's 17th Congressional District for the United States House of Representatives is located in the Lower Hudson Valley. It includes all of Rockland County and portions of central and northwestern Westchester County, including Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Tarrytown, White Plains, Cortlandt and Yorktown Heights.

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