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Meet Evelyn

The daughter of refugees who fled communist Hungary, Evelyn Farkas grew up in Chappaqua. She has dedicated her life to public service — strengthening America’s national security and defending democracy.

For nearly three decades, Evelyn has represented our country defending democracy, advancing human rights, fighting terrorism, and working towards nuclear non-proliferation. She has been a foreign policy leader in the Defense Department, Senate Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College. She ran a congressional commission focused on keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists. She worked in Bosnia just after their bloody war and has advised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her time as a U.S. Senator, former Defense Secretaries Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, Senator Carl Levin, and many others.

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.

Having served President Obama, representing the United States in 14 different countries around the world, Farkas now lives in her hometown of Chappaqua, New York. Evelyn's shock and alarm have grown in the face of President Trump's attacks on patriotic public servants and his actions, which undermine our national security and democracy. Evelyn is running for Congress to stand up to Trump’s corruption, keep our country safe from foreign interference, and keep the American Dream alive for working families here at home.

After graduating from Chappaqua public schools, Evelyn earned her Bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and and her Master’s and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College. For the last several years, Evelyn has been a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and German Marshall Fund and a National Security Contributor for NBC/MSNBC. She speaks fluent Hungarian and German and has studied five other languages including Spanish and Hindi.

why i'm running

I’ve spent my career serving our country and defending democracy. My story starts with my parents, right here in Westchester County.

Both of my parents fled communist Hungary, leaving their parents behind. My mother left with nothing but a sandwich in her pocket.

They came to America knowing little English and working odd jobs to build a better life for themselves and our family.

They found a home in Chappaqua they could barely afford (even with a discount for squirrels in the attic) and for the next decades my parents struggled to provide for us. My mother often put off errands when she couldn't afford to fill the car with gas, and, when it came time for college, she worked three jobs to send me to school. My parents taught me and my three siblings to buckle down, get to work, and succeed. By following their lead, I was able to go from a child of Hungarian refugees to earning a Ph.D. and serving the first African-American president of the United States.

My life’s mission has been to protect and defend the country that gave my family political freedom and gave me an equal opportunity to succeed. I’ve brought my passion for America to serving President Obama and representing the United States Department of Defense and Congress worldwide.

After I left the Obama administration, I campaigned to help elect Secretary Clinton as our next President. When Russians interfered in that election, I was among the first to sound the alarm and urge Congress to take action. And I haven’t let up since then.

To continue defending our country and the promise of the American Dream, I’m running to represent New York’s 17th District in Congress. I’m running because:

I chose the Statue of Liberty as the symbol of my campaign as a tribute to my parents and every other immigrant who seeks the American Dream. So many families, like my own, have sought a better life here in New York. I will stand up to President Trump to keep that dream alive.

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