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April 4, 2020

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Catherine Parker
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Another Candidate Joins Crowded Democratic Primary Race For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

The field of candidates interested in running for U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat in Westchester and Rockland counties continues to grow.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Westchester County Legislator and Democratic Majority Leader Catherine Parker of Rye announced her candidacy for Congress.

Parker officially launched her campaign at an environmentally friendly house being renovated in Ossining.

 “This building is emblematic of my commitment to the environment,” Parker said, “a home that can create as much energy as it uses. We have started down this path in Westchester, and we can do the same in Washington.”

Lowey, 82, of Harrison announced her retirement on Oct. 10 after serving 31 years. She now chairs the House Appropriations Committee.

While much of the 2020 election cycle may be focused on President Donald Trump, Parker warned voters to be ready for what will come later.

“After Trump there will be no ‘normal’ to go back to,” Parker said. “We need a congresswoman who can see a path forward that might run counter to the prevailing wisdom.”

The Parker for Congress campaign planned to broadcast its first TV commercial during the Democratic presidential debate on Dec. 19.

Parker said her campaign will build upon policies she championed during seven terms in local political office, including government incentives that make energy-efficient construction more affordable.

Parker helped engineer one of the first plastic bag bans in the nation, expand recycling programs and helped create the Westchester County Office of Sustainability

Congress, Parker said, must help the country step away from its addiction to fossil fuels.

“The technology is here, but the political will seems to bend under the weight of some pretty specific economic interests. I will stand up to the pressure. I’ve shown that I can," Parker said. 

At least nine other Democrats and two Republicans have expressed an interest in placing their names on the June 23, 2020 primary election ballot. (Early voting begins on June 13 in New York state.)

Formally announced Democratic candidates for Lowey's seat are: Evelyn Farkas, a national security analyst and author from Chappaqua; state Sen. David Carlucci, who now represents parts of both counties; state Assemblyman David Buchwald from Westchester; and activist and nonprofit leader Mondaire Jones from Rockland. 

An article about Farkas' Nov. 18 announcement can be found by clicking here. 

An article about Buchwald's announcement and its impact on his state Assembly seat can be found by clicking here. 

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the 17th district by 209,000 to 103,200 registered voters. There are more than 110,000 active voters in Lowey's district without affiliation to a political party, according to the state Board of Elections. Others who have considered a run in the 17th Congressional District include Republicans Josh Eisen of White Plains and Jarred Buchanan of Carmel. 

Other possible Democrats include Jo-Anna Rodriguez-Wheeler of Chappaqua, Luz Awilda Morena-Casanova of Yonkers, Lola Osoria of White Plains, David M. Katz of Orangeburg and Johnny Jabbour, a songwriter/producer.

Former 14-term state Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, a Democrat, is being encouraged to run for Congress.

Former County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican from Mount Pleasant, also is being encouraged to run.