Since the 82-year-old New York Congresswoman, Nita Lowey, announced that she would not run for re-election, the Hungarian-speaking Russian expert Evelyn Farkas has a real chance to win the 17th Congressional district.
The US presidential and congressional elections will be held on November 3, 2020, and the 51-year-old Democrat, Mrs Farkas, can become the only Hungarian-speaking member of the future Congress. Even though the 17th district is traditionally Republican, it has strong Democratic traditions, as well, and a large Hungarian American community – hvg.hu reported.
Evelyn Farkas served in the Department of Defense during the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. She was also an advisor of Senator Hillary Clinton as a respected Russian expert.
She got her Bachelor’s degree in the Franklin & Marshall College, and she did her Master’s and PhD in The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Trustees in her alma mater, the Franklin & Marshall College. Mrs Farkas and
her family is well-known in the Hungarian-American community.
Her father, Charles (Károly), came as a refugee after the revolution and freedom fight of 1956 and he published a critically acclaimed memoir, Vanished by the Danube in 2013.
Interestingly, as a Russian expert, Evelyn Farkas, was one of the first politicians in the United States who was talking about the possible threats of the Trump-Putin relationship on the country’s national security. She demanded then an investigation and “a security clearance on the president” voicing her suspicion that Trump was susceptible to blackmail from a foreign entity or individual.