National security expert Asha Castleberry-Hernandez enters race for Lowey’s congressional seat

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The race to fill Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat keeps getting more crowded.

On Monday, the first African American woman to formally announce her bid entered the race for Lowey’s 17th Congressional District seat.

Democrat Asha Castleberry-Hernandez is a national security expert, educator and war veteran, who says she will be tough on national security. She's now the seventh Democrat to enter the race.

Born in White Plains and raised in Tarrytown, Castleberry-Hernandez now calls Elmsford home.

She says her campaign will focus on issues such as economic security, health care and gun violence.

"I was almost a victim of gun violence in White Plains when I was almost shot at walking through a line of fire with my sister…where a young man has a small arm shooting at one of his opponents,” she says.

Castleberry-Hernandez, who served as a Middle East foreign policy advisor on former first lady Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, says she is the strongest candidate when it comes to national security.

The political newcomer is going up against established lawmakers such as Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblyman David Buchwald but she thinks her chances are very high to win Lowey's seat.

Castleberry-Hernandez says she is going to be doing quite a bit of coffee conversations in living rooms and small town hall-style events to get to know the constituents of her district.

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