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Updated 6/8/20

What registered Democratic NY-17 voters, including the recent influx of absentee voters, need to know

Democratic women voters in NY-17 need to read more about Evelyn Farkas.

Evelyn Farkas is the only candidate in the race with experience writing legislation in Congress, & standing up to Donald Trump and the bullies on Fox News

Born and raised in Westchester, Evelyn served as President Obama’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia and Ukraine. When Evelyn blew the whistle on Russian interference in our election, Trump’s right-wing media friends at Fox News attacked her, but she fought back and stood up for the truth

After months of Trump giving false information about the coronavirus pandemic, now more than ever, we need a strong woman like Evelyn standing up to Trump and telling the truth. Her experience writing legislation means she’s able to focus on the country’s most important issues:

  • Farkas knows climate change is an urgent threat to our national and global security. She will defend and expand legislation like the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act and to encourage innovation in renewable energy like wind and solar. 

  • Farkas has seen military-style assault weapons around the world while working for the Defense Department, and she believes they should not be on our streets and in our schools. That’s why she supports bringing back the assault weapons ban, creating a gun registry, and mandating universal background checks for every gun sale.

  • Farkas will be a fierce protector of a woman’s right to choose how and when she becomes a parent. Farkas also supports the Equal Rights Amendment, wants to extend paid leave for working families, and will increase support for Planned Parenthood.

  • Farkas believes health care is a fundamental human right. She supports making a public health care option available to anyone regardless of their income, while allowing people to stay on their private plans if they want to. Farkas also wants to end prescription drug price gouging so people can afford life-saving medications like insulin and epi-pens.

Digital Forum: Discussing the US/Israel Relationship

June 22, 2020 - Video

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Farkas Has Strongest Record to Hit the Ground Running in Congress

June 16, 2020 - News Stories

The Examiner News

In the Democratic primary on June 23, the 17th Congressional District has a wealth of candidates hoping to fill the seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey for over 30 years. We face the challenge of selecting someone who not only shares the strong Democratic goals and values of our district, but also has...

U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala Endorses Evelyn Farkas

June 12, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security appointee under President Obama, announced that Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Before her election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Shalala served...

Letter to the Editor: In Support of Evelyn Farkas

June 12, 2020 - News Stories

River Journal

I support Evelyn Farkas for Congress in the June 23rd democratic primary. After carefully researching the seven candidates, it is Evelyn’s national congressional and executive experience that set her apart. My own experience as an elected school board trustee and activist on education and social...

Candidate Profile: Evelyn Farkas For Congress

June 11, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

HUDSON VALLEY, NY - New Yorkers will be hitting the polls on June 23 for the primary election to choose which representatives will be running will be on the ballot for the general election in November. Among the local races, some residents of the Hudson Valley will choose who will run for...

Representative Andy Kim Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

June 10, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security appointee under President Obama, announced that Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, Andy served as...

Letter to the Editor: Evelyn Farkas Endorsement

June 08, 2020 - News Stories

River Journal

These are difficult times. Our nation is facing a growing number of challenges: diminished standing as a world leader; recovery from a pandemic and its economic upheaval; renewed struggles for social justice in the face of violence against Black Americans and other minorities; the erosion of...

89 former Defense officials: The military must never be used to violate constitutional rights

June 05, 2020 -

The Washington Post

President Trump continues to use inflammatory language as many Americans protest the unlawful death of George Floyd and the unjust treatment of black Americans by our justice system. As the protests have grown, so has the intensity of the president’s rhetoric. He has gone so far as to make a...

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar Endorses Evelyn Farkas

June 04, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, announced that Representative Veronica Escobar (D-TX) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Rep. Escobar, representing Texas' 16th Congressional District,...

Campaigning During the Coronavirus: The Race for New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District

June 04, 2020 - News Stories

The New Yorker

Last November, Allison Fine resigned from the board of the prominent pro-choice group naral to enter the Democratic primary in New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District. Fine, a self-described futurist and activist, has written three books about online organizing, including “Momentum: Igniting...

Jane Alexander Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

June 03, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, announced that Jane Alexander, President Clinton's director of the National Endowment of the Arts, has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Alexander, a resident of the...

Evelyn Farkas Releases Plans for Criminal Justice Reform

June 01, 2020 - Article

Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for Congress and a high ranking national security official appointed by President Obama, released policy plans to combat police misconduct and create a more equitable criminal justice system following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud...

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

May 26, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, has announced Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Swalwell has represented California's 15th Congressional District district since 2013,...

Memorial Day message from Evelyn Farkas

May 25, 2020 - News Stories

Hungarian Free Press

I hope this message finds you safe and well on this Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day of reflection and remembrance for those who have given their lives for our nation. Today, I think of those who fought to defend freedom across the generations, especially in World War II. On the frontlines...

Clinton Chief of Staff & Obama Advisor Podesta Endorses Farkas

May 21, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, has announced that John Podesta has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Podesta served as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, an advisor to President Obama, and chairman of ...

Oh Candidates, Where Art Though?

May 19, 2020 - News Stories

The Hudson Independent

Lit­tle by lit­tle, out of the dark­ness of the COVID-19 lock­down come glimpses of the eight De­mo­c­ra­tic can­di­dates for the 17th Dis­trict Con­gres­sional seat, what they stand for and, to a lim­ited ex­tent, where they stand in the eyes of vot­ers. This will be the week when the veil starts...

Russia is interfering in our elections again. And Trump supporters are emulating Russian tactics.

May 17, 2020 - Op Ed

The Washington Post

By Evelyn N. Farkas  In 2017, I cautioned that any candidate for office who was outspoken about Russia ought to worry about Russian interference in their election. At the time, I had no idea I would be one of those candidates. But this month, I saw my face plastered on a screen behind Fox News host...

Obama Chief of Staff McDonough Endorses Farkas for Congress

May 12, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has announced that Denis McDonough, President Obama's longest serving chief of staff, has endorsed her campaign to succeed Representative Nita Lowey to...

Evelyn Farkas Statement on Renewed Attacks from Right-wing Republicans and Donald Trump Jr.

May 11, 2020 - Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2020 In light of renewed attacks from right-wing Republicans and FOX News hosts, Evelyn Farkas released the following statement about her testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in June of 2017 regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election: "The latest...

Rep. Frankel, Elect Democratic Women Endorse Farkas for Congress

May 05, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla) and the group she chairs, Elect Democratic Women, to succeed Rep. Nita Lowey to represent New York's...

Health Policy Expert Zeke Emanuel Endorses Farkas for Congress

May 04, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has announced that Dr. Ezekiel "Zeke"Emanuel, one of America's leading health policy experts advising the nation's response to the coronavirus and chair...

Former NYS Senator Tom Duane Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 27, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Tom Duane, the progressive former New York State Senator, has endorsed the campaign of Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY CD-17. "It is a rare thing for voters to have the...

To Understand How the Race for Lowey's Seat is Going, Follow the Money

April 25, 2020 - News Stories

The Hudson Independent

BY BAR­RETT SEA­MAN The De­mo­c­ra­tic pri­mary that will, for all prac­ti­cal pur­poses, de­ter­mine who suc­ceeds Nita Lowey in Con­gress next year, is not ex­actly on PAUSE along with the rest of New York State, but nei­ther is it the crowd-gath­er­ing, barn­storm­ing, whis­tle-stop­ping ex­trav...

Stuart Eizenstat endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 23, 2020 - News Stories

Jewish Insider

Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Stuart Eizenstat on Thursday endorsed Evelyn Farkas, who is running to succeed longtime Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th congressional district. Eizenstat, an informal advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign,...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro endorses Evelyn Farkas

April 20, 2020 - News Stories

Jewish Insider

Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas received the backing of former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro on Monday in her bid to succeed longtime Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th congressional district. Details: Farkas served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia,...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 20, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense appointed by President Obama, announced that Daniel Shapiro has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th...

First Quarter 2020 Financial Filings Reveal Some Surprises and a Controversy

April 18, 2020 - News Stories

CD17 Blog

Seven candidates filed 1st Quarter 2020 financial disclosures  (fundraising and spending) with the FEC.  As before, these numbers warrant scrutiny and examination from several different angles. This report does not include Asha Castleberry-Hernandez (who will appear on the June ballot) because she...

Foreign Policy for America Endorses Evelyn Farkas

April 14, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that Foreign Policy for America is endorsing her campaign. Foreign Policy for America is the nation’s preeminent...

Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 13, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s...

Meet the Candidate: Evelyn Farkas

April 07, 2020 - News Stories

SeaChange Radio

Listen here: https://www.cchange.net/2020/04/07/farkas/ Since we don’t have one in the White House, what would it be like to have a representative in Congress who truly understood the nuances of international diplomacy? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Evelyn Farkas. She was a Defense...

Filmmaker Rob Reiner is Second Hollywood Icon to Endorse Evelyn Farkas

April 06, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that progressive activist and Emmy award-winning actor and director Rob Reiner has endorsed her campaign to succeed...

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION USED VENEZUELA ANTI-DRUG OPERATION TO DISTRACT FROM CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AT HOME, OFFICIALS SAY

April 03, 2020 - News Stories

Newsweek

President Donald Trump's plan for cracking down on drug traffickers near Venezuela in an apparent attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus was a mission developed months ago to pressure President Nicolás Maduro and had nothing to do with mitigating the disease, senior U.S. officials told...

Digital Forum: Phase 3 of the Congressional Coronavirus Response

April 01, 2020 - Video

WHERE THINGS STOOD WHEN PHASE 3 BECAME LAW:  Congress passed two bills before the current “Phase 3” coronavirus response.  On March 6th, when there were under 100 cases of COVID-19 in the US, Congress passed a $8.3B emergency funding bill that mostly supported CDC and state and local preparedness...

Coronavirus crisis: Decisive federal action required

March 30, 2020 - Op Ed

LoHud

By Evelyn Farkas When faced with the deadliest global pandemic in modern history, the President of the United States said that states "shouldn't be blaming the federal government for their own shortcomings. We are there to back you up should you fail ...” This is unacceptable. The fight against...

What Our Nation’s Leadership Must Do to Overcome COVID-19

March 28, 2020 - Op Ed

The Examiner

By Evelyn Farkas When faced with the deadliest global pandemic in modern history, the President of the United States said that states “shouldn’t be blaming the federal government for their own shortcomings. We are there to back you up should you fail…” This is unacceptable. The fight against COVID-...

Digital Forum: Phases 1&2 of the Congressional Coronavirus Response

March 25, 2020 - Video

WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED:    On March 6th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. An $8.3B emergency funding bill in response to the emergence of COVID-19 in the US. Funding mostly went to support CDC and state and local preparedness, but even...

Farkas Transforms Congressional Campaign in Response to COVID-19

March 24, 2020 -

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has announced a new digital forum series to kick off March 25 as part of a new campaign approach designed in response to the coronavirus. With health and...

Emmy Award-Winning Actress Jane Lynch Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

March 10, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that actress, advocate, and philanthropist Jane Lynch has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in...

Greenburgh & Rye Democratic Committees Approve Farkas' Campaign

March 03, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

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...

Evelyn Farkas ’89: Her Career in Foreign Policy, Congressional Campaign.

March 01, 2020 - News Stories

The College Reporter

Courtesy of Wikipedia Evelyn Farkas graduated from Franklin and Marshall in 1989. She has worked in the field of foreign policy ever since, spending time working under President Obama in the Department of Defense. Farkas has worked for the Senate Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs...

Greenburgh Democratic Committee Votes to Approve Evelyn Farkas’ Campaign for Congress

February 23, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that the Democratic Committee of the Town of Greenburgh voted to approve her candidacy. Greenburgh, a town in Westchester County, includes the...

Conversation with Chappaqua Native and National Security Expert Evelyn Farkas And Now Congressional Candidate for the 17th District

February 22, 2020 - News Stories

The Inside Press

An interview with the very accomplished Evelyn Farkas might have started ‘anywhere’ but we started with her raison d’etre for being ‘back in Chappaqua,’ her childhood home, and her ‘connection’ to the 17th District: “I grew up here, and I never really left… I don’t have my own nuclear family, so...

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

February 19, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th...

Meet Evelyn Farkas, the former Defense Department official running to succeed Nita Lowey

February 14, 2020 - News Stories

Jewish Insider

Evelyn Farkas hadn’t planned to run for Congress. The 52-year-old Chappaqua Democrat now vying for a seat in New York’s 17th congressional district is a veteran public servant, having worked most recently — from 2012 to 2015 — as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and...

Evelyn Farkas Visits Northern Westchester Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living

February 14, 2020 - Press Release

Mount Kisko, NY — Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, recently visited Northern Westchester Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living. The new site, which opened in January, offers free health...

John Kerry, 'Squad' member make picks in race to succeed Nita Lowey

February 11, 2020 - News Stories

lohud

One-time Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and a member of “The Squad” are the latest to make picks in a crowded primary to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is announcing she’s supporting Mondaire Jones, a South Nyack resident looking to become the first openly gay...

Former Secretary of State John Kerry Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

February 10, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that former Secretary of State John Kerry has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s...

CD17 Fund raising: deep diving into the numbers, NYCD17

February 07, 2020 - News Stories

NYCD17.com

By now, followers of the NY CD17 Democratic race are aware of the 2019 4th quarter campaign financial numbers posted by the candidates at www.fec.gov/. Eight candidates reported their 4th quarter results as follows: OCT-DEC. 2019 FUNDRAISING Adam Schleifer $741,386 David Buchwald $543,228 Evelyn...

Transcript: Evelyn Farkas talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"

February 05, 2020 - News Stories

CBS News

FORMER SENIOR PENTAGON OFFICIAL-TURNED-CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ON RUNNING FOR OFFICE In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia during the Obama administration and current...

Fundraising Haul Establishes Clear Momentum Behind Evelyn Farkas In Race to Succeed Nita Lowey

February 05, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — The latest FEC disclosures show that Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has established strong momentum in the race to succeed Rep. Nita Lowey. In the first public...

Evelyn Farkas Announces Pledge to Refuse Campaign Contributions from Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

February 03, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that she will not accept any campaign contributions from organizations or individuals who lobby for fossil fuel...

U.S. Rep. Malinowski Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress, Citing Federal Legislative Experience

January 28, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s...

Sen. Bob Graham Endorses Evelyn Farkas’ Campaign for Congress

January 23, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced Bob Graham, former Governor of Florida, U.S. Senator, and Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep...

Race to replace Nita Lowey: Evelyn Farkas announces $460K campaign haul

January 03, 2020 - News Stories

lohud

Democrat Evelyn Farkas said she has raised more than $460,000 in the six weeks since she joined the crowd to replace longtime Rep. Nita Lowey. Farkas, a Chappaqua resident and former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Barack Obama, is part of a crop of at least eight House...

Evelyn Farkas, Former Obama National Security Official and Candidate for NY-17, Raises Over $460,000 in First Six Weeks of Campaign

January 03, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced her campaign raised over $460,000 by the first filing deadline, just six weeks since she launched. “I’m honored that so many people contributed to our campaign because they saw me...

Farkas Statement on Anti-Semitic Domestic Terrorist Attack in Monsey

December 29, 2019 -

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate to represent New York’s 17th congressional district, released the following statement in response to the horrific anti-Semitic attack in Monsey: “Last night’s stabbing was a cruel and cowardly act of domestic terrorism. I am appalled and I...

Evelyn Farkas, Former Obama National Security Official and Candidate for NY-17, Raises Over $235,000 in First Week of Campaign

November 25, 2019 - Press Release

Chappaqua, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced her campaign raised over $235,000 since launching last Monday. With over 1,200 contributions, at an average of less than $200, Farkas demonstrates strong grassroots support and a...

"Trump Trusts Putin" - MSNBC

November 13, 2017 - Video

"Kremlin Election Meddling" - MSNBC

November 13, 2017 - Video

Reparations in defense of our democracy

October 25, 2017 - Op Ed

The Hill

By Evelyn Farkas With the release of the new movie “LBJ,” we are reminded of a time when foreign and domestic policy seemed more separate, when Americans could revile LBJ for the Vietnam War, and the same Americans could admire him for his earth-shattering Jim Crow-smashing civil rights legislation...

Farkas Has Strongest Record to Hit the Ground Running in Congress

June 16, 2020 - News Stories

The Examiner News

In the Democratic primary on June 23, the 17th Congressional District has a wealth of candidates hoping to fill the seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey for over 30 years. We face the challenge of selecting someone who not only shares the strong Democratic goals and values of our district, but also has...

U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala Endorses Evelyn Farkas

June 12, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security appointee under President Obama, announced that Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Before her election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Shalala served...

Letter to the Editor: In Support of Evelyn Farkas

June 12, 2020 - News Stories

River Journal

I support Evelyn Farkas for Congress in the June 23rd democratic primary. After carefully researching the seven candidates, it is Evelyn’s national congressional and executive experience that set her apart. My own experience as an elected school board trustee and activist on education and social...

Candidate Profile: Evelyn Farkas For Congress

June 11, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

HUDSON VALLEY, NY - New Yorkers will be hitting the polls on June 23 for the primary election to choose which representatives will be running will be on the ballot for the general election in November. Among the local races, some residents of the Hudson Valley will choose who will run for...

Representative Andy Kim Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

June 10, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security appointee under President Obama, announced that Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, Andy served as...

Letter to the Editor: Evelyn Farkas Endorsement

June 08, 2020 - News Stories

River Journal

These are difficult times. Our nation is facing a growing number of challenges: diminished standing as a world leader; recovery from a pandemic and its economic upheaval; renewed struggles for social justice in the face of violence against Black Americans and other minorities; the erosion of...

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar Endorses Evelyn Farkas

June 04, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, announced that Representative Veronica Escobar (D-TX) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Rep. Escobar, representing Texas' 16th Congressional District,...

Campaigning During the Coronavirus: The Race for New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District

June 04, 2020 - News Stories

The New Yorker

Last November, Allison Fine resigned from the board of the prominent pro-choice group naral to enter the Democratic primary in New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District. Fine, a self-described futurist and activist, has written three books about online organizing, including “Momentum: Igniting...

Jane Alexander Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

June 03, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Today, Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, announced that Jane Alexander, President Clinton's director of the National Endowment of the Arts, has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Alexander, a resident of the...

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

May 26, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, has announced Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Swalwell has represented California's 15th Congressional District district since 2013,...

Memorial Day message from Evelyn Farkas

May 25, 2020 - News Stories

Hungarian Free Press

I hope this message finds you safe and well on this Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day of reflection and remembrance for those who have given their lives for our nation. Today, I think of those who fought to defend freedom across the generations, especially in World War II. On the frontlines...

Clinton Chief of Staff & Obama Advisor Podesta Endorses Farkas

May 21, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, a senior national security official appointed by President Obama, has announced that John Podesta has endorsed her campaign to represent New York's 17th Congressional District. Podesta served as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, an advisor to President Obama, and chairman of ...

Oh Candidates, Where Art Though?

May 19, 2020 - News Stories

The Hudson Independent

Lit­tle by lit­tle, out of the dark­ness of the COVID-19 lock­down come glimpses of the eight De­mo­c­ra­tic can­di­dates for the 17th Dis­trict Con­gres­sional seat, what they stand for and, to a lim­ited ex­tent, where they stand in the eyes of vot­ers. This will be the week when the veil starts...

Obama Chief of Staff McDonough Endorses Farkas for Congress

May 12, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has announced that Denis McDonough, President Obama's longest serving chief of staff, has endorsed her campaign to succeed Representative Nita Lowey to...

Rep. Frankel, Elect Democratic Women Endorse Farkas for Congress

May 05, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla) and the group she chairs, Elect Democratic Women, to succeed Rep. Nita Lowey to represent New York's...

Health Policy Expert Zeke Emanuel Endorses Farkas for Congress

May 04, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has announced that Dr. Ezekiel "Zeke"Emanuel, one of America's leading health policy experts advising the nation's response to the coronavirus and chair...

Former NYS Senator Tom Duane Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 27, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

Tom Duane, the progressive former New York State Senator, has endorsed the campaign of Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY CD-17. "It is a rare thing for voters to have the...

To Understand How the Race for Lowey's Seat is Going, Follow the Money

April 25, 2020 - News Stories

The Hudson Independent

BY BAR­RETT SEA­MAN The De­mo­c­ra­tic pri­mary that will, for all prac­ti­cal pur­poses, de­ter­mine who suc­ceeds Nita Lowey in Con­gress next year, is not ex­actly on PAUSE along with the rest of New York State, but nei­ther is it the crowd-gath­er­ing, barn­storm­ing, whis­tle-stop­ping ex­trav...

Stuart Eizenstat endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 23, 2020 - News Stories

Jewish Insider

Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Stuart Eizenstat on Thursday endorsed Evelyn Farkas, who is running to succeed longtime Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th congressional district. Eizenstat, an informal advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign,...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro endorses Evelyn Farkas

April 20, 2020 - News Stories

Jewish Insider

Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas received the backing of former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro on Monday in her bid to succeed longtime Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th congressional district. Details: Farkas served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia,...

First Quarter 2020 Financial Filings Reveal Some Surprises and a Controversy

April 18, 2020 - News Stories

CD17 Blog

Seven candidates filed 1st Quarter 2020 financial disclosures  (fundraising and spending) with the FEC.  As before, these numbers warrant scrutiny and examination from several different angles. This report does not include Asha Castleberry-Hernandez (who will appear on the June ballot) because she...

Meet the Candidate: Evelyn Farkas

April 07, 2020 - News Stories

SeaChange Radio

Listen here: https://www.cchange.net/2020/04/07/farkas/ Since we don’t have one in the White House, what would it be like to have a representative in Congress who truly understood the nuances of international diplomacy? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Evelyn Farkas. She was a Defense...

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION USED VENEZUELA ANTI-DRUG OPERATION TO DISTRACT FROM CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AT HOME, OFFICIALS SAY

April 03, 2020 - News Stories

Newsweek

President Donald Trump's plan for cracking down on drug traffickers near Venezuela in an apparent attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus was a mission developed months ago to pressure President Nicolás Maduro and had nothing to do with mitigating the disease, senior U.S. officials told...

Greenburgh & Rye Democratic Committees Approve Farkas' Campaign

March 03, 2020 - News Stories

Patch

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...

Evelyn Farkas ’89: Her Career in Foreign Policy, Congressional Campaign.

March 01, 2020 - News Stories

The College Reporter

Courtesy of Wikipedia Evelyn Farkas graduated from Franklin and Marshall in 1989. She has worked in the field of foreign policy ever since, spending time working under President Obama in the Department of Defense. Farkas has worked for the Senate Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs...

Conversation with Chappaqua Native and National Security Expert Evelyn Farkas And Now Congressional Candidate for the 17th District

February 22, 2020 - News Stories

The Inside Press

An interview with the very accomplished Evelyn Farkas might have started ‘anywhere’ but we started with her raison d’etre for being ‘back in Chappaqua,’ her childhood home, and her ‘connection’ to the 17th District: “I grew up here, and I never really left… I don’t have my own nuclear family, so...

Meet Evelyn Farkas, the former Defense Department official running to succeed Nita Lowey

February 14, 2020 - News Stories

Jewish Insider

Evelyn Farkas hadn’t planned to run for Congress. The 52-year-old Chappaqua Democrat now vying for a seat in New York’s 17th congressional district is a veteran public servant, having worked most recently — from 2012 to 2015 — as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and...

John Kerry, 'Squad' member make picks in race to succeed Nita Lowey

February 11, 2020 - News Stories

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One-time Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and a member of “The Squad” are the latest to make picks in a crowded primary to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is announcing she’s supporting Mondaire Jones, a South Nyack resident looking to become the first openly gay...

CD17 Fund raising: deep diving into the numbers, NYCD17

February 07, 2020 - News Stories

NYCD17.com

By now, followers of the NY CD17 Democratic race are aware of the 2019 4th quarter campaign financial numbers posted by the candidates at www.fec.gov/. Eight candidates reported their 4th quarter results as follows: OCT-DEC. 2019 FUNDRAISING Adam Schleifer $741,386 David Buchwald $543,228 Evelyn...

Transcript: Evelyn Farkas talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"

February 05, 2020 - News Stories

CBS News

FORMER SENIOR PENTAGON OFFICIAL-TURNED-CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ON RUNNING FOR OFFICE In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia during the Obama administration and current...

Race to replace Nita Lowey: Evelyn Farkas announces $460K campaign haul

January 03, 2020 - News Stories

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Democrat Evelyn Farkas said she has raised more than $460,000 in the six weeks since she joined the crowd to replace longtime Rep. Nita Lowey. Farkas, a Chappaqua resident and former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Barack Obama, is part of a crop of at least eight House...

Evelyn Farkas Statement on Renewed Attacks from Right-wing Republicans and Donald Trump Jr.

May 11, 2020 - Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2020 In light of renewed attacks from right-wing Republicans and FOX News hosts, Evelyn Farkas released the following statement about her testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in June of 2017 regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election: "The latest...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 20, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense appointed by President Obama, announced that Daniel Shapiro has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th...

Foreign Policy for America Endorses Evelyn Farkas

April 14, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that Foreign Policy for America is endorsing her campaign. Foreign Policy for America is the nation’s preeminent...

Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

April 13, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s...

Filmmaker Rob Reiner is Second Hollywood Icon to Endorse Evelyn Farkas

April 06, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that progressive activist and Emmy award-winning actor and director Rob Reiner has endorsed her campaign to succeed...

Emmy Award-Winning Actress Jane Lynch Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

March 10, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that actress, advocate, and philanthropist Jane Lynch has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in...

Greenburgh Democratic Committee Votes to Approve Evelyn Farkas’ Campaign for Congress

February 23, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that the Democratic Committee of the Town of Greenburgh voted to approve her candidacy. Greenburgh, a town in Westchester County, includes the...

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

February 19, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th...

Evelyn Farkas Visits Northern Westchester Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living

February 14, 2020 - Press Release

Mount Kisko, NY — Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, recently visited Northern Westchester Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living. The new site, which opened in January, offers free health...

Former Secretary of State John Kerry Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

February 10, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that former Secretary of State John Kerry has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s...

Fundraising Haul Establishes Clear Momentum Behind Evelyn Farkas In Race to Succeed Nita Lowey

February 05, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — The latest FEC disclosures show that Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has established strong momentum in the race to succeed Rep. Nita Lowey. In the first public...

Evelyn Farkas Announces Pledge to Refuse Campaign Contributions from Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

February 03, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that she will not accept any campaign contributions from organizations or individuals who lobby for fossil fuel...

U.S. Rep. Malinowski Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress, Citing Federal Legislative Experience

January 28, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s...

Sen. Bob Graham Endorses Evelyn Farkas’ Campaign for Congress

January 23, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced Bob Graham, former Governor of Florida, U.S. Senator, and Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep...

Evelyn Farkas, Former Obama National Security Official and Candidate for NY-17, Raises Over $460,000 in First Six Weeks of Campaign

January 03, 2020 - Press Release

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced her campaign raised over $460,000 by the first filing deadline, just six weeks since she launched. “I’m honored that so many people contributed to our campaign because they saw me...

Evelyn Farkas, Former Obama National Security Official and Candidate for NY-17, Raises Over $235,000 in First Week of Campaign

November 25, 2019 - Press Release

Chappaqua, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced her campaign raised over $235,000 since launching last Monday. With over 1,200 contributions, at an average of less than $200, Farkas demonstrates strong grassroots support and a...

Digital Forum: Discussing the US/Israel Relationship

June 22, 2020 - Video

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Digital Forum: Phase 3 of the Congressional Coronavirus Response

April 01, 2020 - Video

WHERE THINGS STOOD WHEN PHASE 3 BECAME LAW:  Congress passed two bills before the current “Phase 3” coronavirus response.  On March 6th, when there were under 100 cases of COVID-19 in the US, Congress passed a $8.3B emergency funding bill that mostly supported CDC and state and local preparedness...

Digital Forum: Phases 1&2 of the Congressional Coronavirus Response

March 25, 2020 - Video

WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED:    On March 6th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. An $8.3B emergency funding bill in response to the emergence of COVID-19 in the US. Funding mostly went to support CDC and state and local preparedness, but even...

"Trump Trusts Putin" - MSNBC

November 13, 2017 - Video

"Kremlin Election Meddling" - MSNBC

November 13, 2017 - Video

Russia is interfering in our elections again. And Trump supporters are emulating Russian tactics.

May 17, 2020 - Op Ed

By Evelyn N. Farkas  In 2017, I cautioned that any candidate for office who was outspoken about Russia ought to worry about Russian interference in their election. At the time, I had no idea I would be one of those candidates. But this month, I saw my face plastered on a screen behind Fox News host...

Coronavirus crisis: Decisive federal action required

March 30, 2020 - Op Ed

By Evelyn Farkas When faced with the deadliest global pandemic in modern history, the President of the United States said that states "shouldn't be blaming the federal government for their own shortcomings. We are there to back you up should you fail ...” This is unacceptable. The fight against...

What Our Nation’s Leadership Must Do to Overcome COVID-19

March 28, 2020 - Op Ed

By Evelyn Farkas When faced with the deadliest global pandemic in modern history, the President of the United States said that states “shouldn’t be blaming the federal government for their own shortcomings. We are there to back you up should you fail…” This is unacceptable. The fight against COVID-...

Reparations in defense of our democracy

October 25, 2017 - Op Ed

By Evelyn Farkas With the release of the new movie “LBJ,” we are reminded of a time when foreign and domestic policy seemed more separate, when Americans could revile LBJ for the Vietnam War, and the same Americans could admire him for his earth-shattering Jim Crow-smashing civil rights legislation...