Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker was one of eight candidates running in the June 23rd Democratic primary for Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s seat, but she ended her bid according to Lohud.
Parker’s decision ends a six-month campaign that was largely overshadowed by the coronavirus outbreak and economic shutdown. She told The Journal News/lohud that the run for congress took a backseat to help county residents with safety, hunger, and unemployment concerns.
“During the time of the crisis I didn’t feel comfortable asking people for money because I felt that so many people’s livelihoods were at stake,” Parker told Lohud. “Even I was very focused on the crisis at hand and not really focused on the congressional race itself, just trying to do the job that I’m currently elected to do.”
Westchester County Executive George Latimer credits Parker as the inspiration for his successful run for County Executive. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi cites Parker’s early endorsement of her insurgent candidacy as a pivotal moment in her political career.
Parker lifted the Democratic Party banner despite a rising Republican tide and survived through subsequent elections as the sole Democrat on her City Council. She then helped engineer a regional Democratic comeback by becoming a County Legislator and the Majority leader in Westchester County’s first legislative supermajority.
Catherine Parker joined us for a COVID-19 Edition of the People Before Politics Radio Show – Episode 261 on Sunday, May 17th. Catherine Parker will continue to serve Westchester’s 7th Legislative District.
And then there was seven candidates running in the Tuesday, June 23rd Democratic Primary for the NY-17 Congressional District seat which is currently held by Congresswoman Nita Lowey who is not running for re-election. The remaining candidates consist of Mondaire Jones, David Buchwald, David Carlucci, Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, Allison Fine (scheduled to appear on PBP Radio Sunday, June 7th), Evelyn Farkas, Catherine Parker, and Adam Schleifer.