State Assemblyman David Buchwald became the second Democrat to announce his candidacy for the 17th Congressional District this week, a seat that will open up after next year's retirement of U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey.
Buchwald's run for Congress sets up an open race for his 93rd Assembly District seat next year.
Buchwald, 40, is in his fourth two-year term representing the 93rd District, which includes the towns of Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and the City of White Plains.
In a video announcement accompanied by his wife, Lara, Buchwald called himself a "proud progressive," while acknowledging it will be a battle to win the Democratic Party nomination and the seat. The White Plains resident said he's "prepared for the challenge."
Buchwald, a tax attorney and Harvard University graduate, interned for Lowey in 1997. Buchwald defeated former Assemblyman Robert Castelli in 2012. The Democrat cited Lowey as an inspiration for his becoming involved in public service.
Buchwald's announcement highlighted his efforts to advocate for ethics and environmental laws in Albany as well as his hopes of building upon Lowey's "true blue Democratic values."
"Lara & I are excited to take on Donald Trump & fight for the values we hold dear," Buchwald tweeted here.
Who might run for Buchwald's open seat? Count one of Westchester's longest-serving town supervisors out: "I’m not interested in the Assembly, Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said on Wednesday, Oct. 15. "I always wanted to become a Congressman but the cost of running is very high-at least a million dollars. Some congressional campaigns are a few million. We have strong ethics laws in Greenburgh -- can’t accept donations from developer, contractors, consultants who deal with the town so it would make fundraising very difficult."
Buchwald joins Rockland County’s Mondaire Jones as the two announced Democrats running for Congress in the district that includes Rockland and part of Westchester County. Jones, 32, a lawyer who would become the first openly black gay member of Congress if he was elected, began his campaign in July. No Republicans have declared their candidacies for Lowey's seat.
Buchwald co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act and defends a woman’s right to choose. He led the fight to strip state officials of their pensions if they were convicted of a crime in connection with their post. Buchwald also wrote the law to allow Congress to obtain a person’s New York state tax returns, a measure that President Trump is suing to overturn.
“These are challenging times,” Buchwald said. “We can never replace Nita Lowey, but we can send someone to Washington with her integrity, progressive spirit and true-blue Democratic values to take on Donald Trump and make Washington work again.”