New Jersey Working Families has endorsed Hector Oseguera for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district, where he is challenging eight-term Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in the July 7 Democratic primary.
The grassroots group is also backing Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) for re-election to a fourth term in the House.
“America needs leaders with the vision and the passion to enact transformative change, and Hector Oseguera is one of those leaders,” said Sue Altman, the state director of New Jersey Working Families. “Hector will bring activism, transparency, public accountability, and justice-centered politics to DC.”
The decision of New Jersey Working Families to take sides against Sires received strong criticism from Michael Soliman, an influential Democratic strategist.
“It’s a shame that a strong Democrat like Albio Sires who fights for New Jersey’s working families day in and day out and stands fiercely against the Trump administration’s worst impulses would be abandoned by an organization that claims to represent those families,” Soliman said. “The reality is that Albio has strong support on the ground from working families, the CWA, AFL-CIO, SEIU, NJEA, Sierra Club, and so many other labor and progressive advocacy organizations because they know he’s always been a champion for them.”
Altman praised Watson Coleman as a “champion of social justice” and as a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.
“Rep. Watson Coleman continues to serve as one of NJ’s most senior, respected leaders, and is a tireless advocate for the people of New Jersey,” Altman said.
New Jersey Working Families has already endorsed candidates in two other Democratic primaries, endorsing Amy Kennedy in the 2nd district and Arati Kreibich in the 5th against two-term incumbent Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).
Watson Coleman faces a primary challenge from Lisa McCormick, a shadowy perennial candidate who still hasn’t filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Oseguera became involved in politics as volunteer on Elizabeth Warren’ 2012 U.S. Senate campaign and worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 race, and for his former Boston University classmate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s successful upset of an entrenched New York congressman in 2018. An attorney, he works as an anti-money laundering specialist for Banco Bilbao Vizcay Argentina in New York.
Will Sheehan, a former U.S. Navy officer and Annapolis gradate from Bayonne, is also challenging Sires.