Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) raised $59,220 during the first three months of this year and now has $231,616 cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek re-election to a 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022.
His donors include one of his predecessors, 96-year-old Frank J. Guarini (D-Jersey City), who held the Hudson County congressional seat from 1979 to 1993.
In 2020, Sires faced a challenge in the Demcoratic primary from Hector Oseguera. Oseguera raised $84,623 and won the endorsement of New Jersey Working Families, but Sires beat him by 329,257 votes, 70%-27%, in a three-way race.
Sires won the general election with 74% against Republican Jason Todd Mushnick. Joe Biden won 73% in his bid for the presidency against Donald Trump.
The 8th district, which also includes Newark’s North Ward and the City of Elizabeth, has 192,329 more Democrats than Republicans. Just 10% of the total number of registered voters are Republicans.
Sires, 70, is a former West New York mayor and New Jersey Assembly Speaker. He won a 2006 special election for Congress after Bob Menendez resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Like all twelve Democrats in the New Jersey congressional delegation, Sires faces the uncertainties of congressional redistricting. But as the lone Hispanic in the delegation, it’s unlikely that Sires would be left out of any game of redistricting musical chairs.