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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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 Congressional District.

Representative Marcy Kaptur, dean of Ohio’s congressional delegation, is both the longest-serving woman in the House of Representatives and the longest-serving member of the Appropriations Committee. She is considered a frontrunner to succeed Rep. Nita Lowey as Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.

According to Rep. Kaptur, Evelyn’s experience makes her the ideal person to fight for the values and interests of New Yorkers.

“Evelyn is in a class of her own: a patriotic defender of liberty at a crucial time. America needs her acumen, range, and focus,” Kaptur said. “She is a proven leader and will bring to Congress from the wellspring of her experience vital insights to help heal and unite America, as well as strength to nurture our most important relationships abroad.”

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

“I had the opportunity to get to know Rep. Kaptur while I was at the Pentagon overseeing our defense policy towards Russia and Ukraine,” Farkas said. “Through her work as co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, Rep. Kaptur immediately impressed me with her knowledge and indefatigable drive to protect democracy in America and Ukraine. Throughout her historic career in Congress, whether advocating for veterans in the U.S. or human rights abroad, Marcy has been a trailblazer and an energetic, fearless advocate. I am honored by her endorsement.”

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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