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Mondaire Jones declared winner of Dem primary in NY-17

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 23:23:41-04

NEW YORK — A Democratic primary for a congressional seat opening up in New York City’s northern suburbs has been won by Mondaire Jones, an attorney who had the backing of the party’s left wing.

Jones defeated a raft of other candidates Tuesday in New York’s 17th Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Nita Lowey.

Lowey is retiring after more than 30 years in Congress.

The district represents parts of Westchester County and all of Rockland County. Jones is 33 and had earned endorsements from U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

He defeated primary opponents including former U.S. Defense Department official Evelyn Farkas, former federal prosecutor Adam Schleifer and state Sen. David Carlucci.