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Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sires has $226k in campaign warchest

Hudson County Democrat preparing to seek re-election to a 9th term in Congress

By David Wildstein, January 17 2020 11:06 am

Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) banked $226,155 in 2019 as he prepares to seek re-election to a ninth term in New Jersey’s 8th district.

Sires raised $143,916 in the 4th quarter of last year and a total of $290,509 for the year.  His campaign is carrying no debt.

He raised $62,900 from political action committees.

Sires faces progressive Hector Oseguera in the Democratic primary.

So far, the only Republican to enter the race is David John Winkler, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

In 2018, Sires was re-elected with 78% of the vote.  He won 77% in the 2016 general and 87% against Elroy Delgado in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Sires was also a huge fundraiser for a slate of West New York candidates who wrestled control of his political base in May 2019, toppling incumbent two-term mayor Felix Roque.

A former Assembly Speaker and West New York mayor, Sires was elected to Congress in a November 2006 special election to fill the seat of Bob Menendez, who had been appointed to the U.S. Senate.

He became chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee in January after Democrats won control of the House in the 2018 mid-term elections.

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