The second vote of approval in a week from a town Democratic committee demonstrates accelerating local support for Farkas
ELMSFORD, NY — February 27, 2020 — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that the Rye Town Democratic Committee voted to approve her candidacy. The Rye Town Committee represents Westchester’s Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye Neck.
With the vote of approval, Rye District Leaders, elected party officials representing each election district, will carry petitions to collect signatures to get Farkas on the ballot.
“I’m incredibly excited to have the support of the Rye Town Democrats,” Farkas said. “In this all-hands-on-deck moment in our history, I know my friends in Rye are just as dedicated as I am to fighting this corrupt administration and restoring the freedom and opportunities afforded by the American dream that have made this country so special.”
Farkas, the only candidate in the race with federal legislative experience, received the Greenburgh Democratic Committee’s vote of approval earlier this week. She has been endorsed by former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for president, John Kerry, U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur and Tom Malinowksi, and former U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Bob Graham.
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.
NewYork’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.
SOURCE: Wellesley Daniels | Campaign Director | Evelyn N. Farkas Democrat for running to serve NY-17