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November 14, 2019

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State Sen. David Carlucci announces his intention to run for Congress.
State Sen. David Carlucci announces his intention to run for Congress.
State Sen. David Carlucci

VIDEO: Democratic Field Widens For Westchester Rep. Nita Lowey's Vacated Congressional Seat

The list of Democrats seeking U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat continues to grow.

State Sen. David Carlucci announced his interest in running on Monday, Oct. 21. Carlucci represents part of Westchester and Rockland counties that comprise the 38th Senate District. His announcement can be watched by clicking here or on the photo above. 

Carlucci,, 38, became the third Democrat to announce his candidacy for the 17th Congressional District this week, a seat that will open up after next year's retirement of Lowey after 31 years in Congress.

In Monday's speech about his decision to run, Carlucci said, “Congresswoman Lowey has always been a fighter for us in Washington, and now that she has announced her retirement we're at a crossroads. . . Since being re-elected to the state Senate last year, I’ve been able to pass more legislation to make it to the governor’s desk than any other lawmaker in the state of New York."

Carlucci helped pass election reforms, the Child Victims Act, the Reproductive Health Act and made the property tax cap permanent.

In his video announcement, Carlucci took a jab at Republican Donald Trump, saying that the president has created a “toxic environment” in Washington.

As a member of Congress, Carlucci pledged that he will fight for affordability for the hardworking families of the congressional district, as well as focusing on education, climate change, gun reforms, women’s rights and comprehensive immigration reform "to repair the harm done by President Trump."

On Oct. 13, Assemblyman David Buchwald, 40, who is in his fourth two-year term representing the 93rd District, announced his interest in Lowey's seat.

A third candidate, 32-year-old lawyer Mondaire Jones, announced his intention in July to launch a Democratic primary challenge against Lowey.

Jones had this reaction to Carlucci joining the primary race: "David Carlucci is hoping Democrats have a very short memory. I’m running for Congress because we need a Democratic champion in Washington — and Carlucci is just the opposite. The State Senator turned his back on us when he empowered Republicans as a member of the so-called Independent Democratic Conference. (IDC)

"For eight years, (Carlucci) helped to block a woman’s right to choose, civil rights for the LGBTQ community, public education funding, criminal justice reform, and so much more that could have improved the lives of millions of New Yorkers," Jones said.

"As someone who is gay, black, and a graduate of East Ramapo public schools, Senator Carlucci’s betrayal of New Yorkers and the Democratic Party is personal for me. We need bold, progressive leaders in Washington to stand up to Republican extremists and fight for guaranteed healthcare, full restoration of the SALT deduction, a Green New Deal, and debt-free college. What we don’t need is a Trump Democrat,” Jones said.

No Republicans have declared their candidacies for Lowey's seat.