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November 15, 2019

Politics

Chelsea and Hillary Clinton of Chappaqua on a book tour.
Chelsea and Hillary Clinton of Chappaqua on a book tour.

Chelsea Clinton Rules Out Congressional Run For Nita Lowey Seat -- For Now

Chelsea Clinton will not run for the congressional district in most of Westchester and all of Rockland being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, she told The View on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

“I’m not considering running for Congresswoman Lowey’s seat,” she said. “I understand why people are asking and some people have been asking me some version of this question literally forever.”

However, the so-called First Daughter did not rule out running for elected office someday. Her parents, Hillary and former President Bill Clinton, live in Chappaqua. 

“I don’t know, but right now the answer is no,” she said in response to a question from the TV show's co-host, Whoopi Goldberg.

Her declaration is expected to prompt more people to launch candidacies for the 17th Congressional District. 

Democrat Mondaire Jones, a former Obama administration official from Rockland, and state Assemblyman David Buchwald of White Plains have entered the race for the Democratic nomination.

Lowey, of Harrison, last week announced her plans to retire at the end of her current term, which concludes in 2020. She has served as a United States representative from New York since 1989.  Before redistricting, the district included parts of New York City. Lowey chairs the House's appropriations committee.