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Democratic congressional candidate Hector Oseguera. Photo courtesy of Hector Oseguera for Congress.
Democratic congressional candidate Hector Oseguera. Photo courtesy of Hector Oseguera for Congress.

Sires primary challenger has $3,900 warchest

Oseguera has spent 83% of his money with three months to go

By David Wildstein, April 12 2020 6:38 pm

Hector Oseguera, a progressive challenging Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in the 8th district Democratic primary has raised $22,731 and has $3,891 cash-on-hand, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday.

Oseguera raised $16,950 during the first three months of 2020, but has burned through most of his money.  He has spent nearly one-third of his warchest on salaries, about $5,800 on voter data, and less than $600 on Facebook ads.

His donors include Moriah Kinberg, a 2017 Jersey City council candidate against the late Michael Yun.

Sires, a former Assembly Speaker and West New York mayor who has served in Congress since 2006, has raised $346,167 for his re-election campaign, including $55,658 during the first quarter, and has $238,508 cash-on-hand.

Another Sires primary opponent, retired Navy intelligence officer Will Sheehan, has not yet filed his reports.

Sires represents parts of Hudson, Essex, Bergen and Union counties in one of the most heavily Democratic districts in the nation.  Hillary Clinton carried the 8th by 54 points in 2016, and Barack Obama won it by 58 points in 2012.

In 2018, Sires was re-elected by a 78%-19% margin against Republican John Muniz.

After winning a contested Democratic primary in 2016 by a 87%-13% margin against Elroy Delgado, Sires defeated Republican Agha Khan by a 77%-18% margin.

Republican Jason Mushnick is unopposed in the GOP primary.

The primary election will be held on July 7.

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