The Westchester and Rockland Republican Committees unanimously nominated Rye Town Supervisor and businessman Joe Carvin as their candidate in the 17th congressional district at the convention held last night. Mr. Carvin will face 24-year career politician Nita Lowey in the newly-drawn district that encompasses parts of Westchester and all of Rockland County.
“I’m deeply honored to accept the Republican nomination for the 17th congressional district,” said Mr. Carvin. “I made the decision to get into this race because I could not stand idly by while I witnessed career politicians drive us to perilous debt levels that threaten our future as a nation. The voters of Westchester and Rockland will have a clear choice in this election between a political outsider, who is laser-focused on addressing the considerable economic and fiscal challenges facing our nation, versus someone who continues to kick the can down the road.”
Mr. Carvin, who announced his run for Congress on Monday, is an agricultural investor who has lived and worked on five continents. He speaks five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Wolof) and holds a M.B.A. from New York University and a M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Mr. Carvin has refused to accept a salary as Rye Town Supervisor and has reduced town spending under his tenure. He is currently working to dissolve the Town of Rye to reduce duplication of government services and help stop the dramatic rise of property taxes. Town Supervisor Carvin was re-elected to his post last year with 62 percent of the vote in a town that is overwhelmingly Democratic.