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Rep. Frankel, Elect Democratic Women Endorse Farkas for Congress

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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 17th Congressional District. The group was founded by seven sitting members of Congress to confront the gender gap in congressional representation.

"As the chairwoman of the Elect Democratic Women PAC and a congressional representative myself, I know that it takes real-world experience, dedication to service, and empathy to make a great representative—all qualities that define Dr. Evelyn Farkas," Frankel said. "The people of New York's 17th Congressional District have a special opportunity to elect a woman to represent them who has already gone toe to toe with Donald Trump and his cronies, and rather than be intimidated, she redoubled her lifelong efforts in defense of our democracy. Evelyn will be a champion for the progressive values that define our party, and I am honored to endorse her to succeed the great Rep. Nita Lowey in Congress."

During the 2018 "Year of the Woman," Elect Democratic Women was founded by Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Frankel.

"Having spent my career in traditionally male-dominated spaces in government and working to promote women into positions of leadership, I know firsthand the necessity of elevating the voices of women where they are underrepresented," Farkas said. "I am so proud to have the endorsement of Rep. Frankel and Elect Democratic Women. Together, I know that we can make the 117th Congress the one that enshrines Roe v. Wade into law, implements a Green New Deal, and finally passes the common-sense gun reforms Americans demand."

These endorsements are the latest for Farkas, the only candidate in the race with federal legislative and policy experience. She has garnered support from a number of major Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former Ambassadors Stuart Eizenstat and Daniel Shapiro, and Dr. Zeke Emanuel, a key architect of the Affordable Care Act. Other endorsements include NY State Sen. Tom Duane, former Sens. Carl Levin and Bob Graham, current Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Tom Malinowksi, former NARAL-Pro Choice NY and Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board Chair Jill Lafer, and progressive activists Rob Reiner and Jane Lynch.

The daughter of Hungarian refugees, Farkas was raised in Westchester and attended public schools there. For nearly three decades, she has represented the United States defending democracy and advancing human rights in the Defense Department and on the Senate Armed Services Committee staff. In addition to serving as executive director of the WMD Commission, she was a human rights officer in Bosnia and a professor atthe U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. She has advised former cabinet secretaries, representatives and senators, including Hillary Clinton.

New York's 17th Congressional District for the U.S. 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. District residents interested in Farkas'
election campaign can visit evelynforny.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more, volunteer or contribute.