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

Friday, January 3, 2020

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 hopefuls locked in a primary campaign to succeed Lowey, who isn’t seeking reelection this year.

Her campaign shared the total on Thursday with The Journal News/lohud, the first of the campaigns to announce its recent fundraising totals.

“I’m honored that so many people contributed to our campaign because they saw me stand tall for American values of democracy and freedom in the Obama Administration, they witnessed the right-wing attacks on me when I called out Russian interference in our election, and they have confidence I will carry the fight for our values and integrity in Congress,” Farkas said in a statement.

Farkas announced her candidacy in mid November on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The other candidates haven’t announced their fundraising totals.

Lowey, the first woman to head the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced in October she’d retire from Congress after more than three decades in office. There’s been a rush of Democrats wanting to take her place in New York’s 17th congressional district, a reliably blue district that includes Rockland County and part of Westchester.

Other Democrats who officially launched campaigns for the seat are New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald, state Sen. David Carlucci, Elmsford educator Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, Sleepy Hollow activist Allison Fine, former Justice Department employee Mondaire Jones, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker and former assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Schleifer.

Republican Josh Eisen has also launched a campaign and said he’ll put $500,000 of his own money into the campaign.