Will Sheehan, a former Navy Seal Team intelligence officer from Bayonne who is challenging Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in the Democratic primary, has been endorses by two shipping groups: the Pier Truckers Association and the Port Driver Association.
“Will Sheehan has made a substantial effort in supporting Port Truckers and has also committed to fostering change on behalf of Port Truckers,” said Marshall Nachtman, the Pier Trucker Association president. “Pier Trucker Association has made a solid commitment to support good candidates like Will Sheehan, who value the Port Truckers and small business owners.”
Both groups have a presence at the Port of Bayonne, which employs thousands of North Jersey residents.
“The 8th District is home to the most powerful ports in the nation, yet our port drivers and pier truckers are constantly forgotten by their political representation,” Sheehan said.
Sheehan praised port drivers for helping to maintain the region’s supply chain during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our port drivers were where the rubber met the road – delivering essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment to our hospitals and frontline workers,” Sheehan said. “Our port drivers and pier truckers showed up during a crisis, but no one showed up to thank them for their service or attempt to repay the favor. When I’m in Congress, I promise to always pound the table in support of our port drivers and pier truckers, who are the backbone of our state and local economies.”
Sheehan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
A former Assembly Speaker and West New York mayor, Sires was elected to the House in 2006 to replace Bob Menendez. Menendez had been appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier that year.
Sires recently announced support from nine unions: The AFL-CIO, Amalgamated Transit Union International. Laborers International Union, New Jersey Education Association. Teamsters Local 469, NJ State Council of Machinists. Operating Engineers Local 68, Hudson County Central Labor Council and the PATH Labor Coalition are backing him for a ninth term in Congress.