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Passaic Mayor Hector Lora. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Lora re-elected in landslide

Incumbent defeats perennial challenger by 10-1 margin

By Nikita Biryukov, May 11 2021 9:21 pm

Passaic Mayor Hector Lora easily defeated two challengers to win re-election Tuesday, carrying his slate of council candidates to another term.

It wasn’t remotely close. Lora won with 3,913 votes, nearly 89% of all those cast.

Incumbents Jose Garcia, Terrence Love and Daniel Schwartz sought re-election with Lora. They faced a single opponent, Lisa Abreu Wozniak.

Abreu Wozniak ran on a slate with Diomedes Minaya, whose made his third bid for the mayorship this year.

Minaya got just 304 votes, about 7% of what was cast in the mayoral race.

Lora also faced a challenge from former Passaic NAACP president Jeffrey Dye, a perennial candidate who was ousted from his NAACP post and his state government job over a series of rabidly anti-Semitic and anti-Latino Facebook posts.

He had just 179 ballots cast in his name, a little more than 4% of the total.

Garcia ran first among the council candidates with 3,361 votes. Love was a close second with 3,315, while 3,162 voters backed Schwartz for another term.

Abreu Wozniak received just 495 votes.

The incumbent became mayor after Alex Blanco’s resignation following a guilty plea on bribery charges in 2016. By then, he was a two-term Passaic County freeholder, having begun his political career as a Passaic Councilman in 2011.

Lora ran with a massive cash advantage. In filings to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, he reported having $165,458 in his war chest on April 28. By that time, Minaya’s joint committee had was in the red by $149 after raising just $5,285 over the course of the campaign.

Dye never submitted any documents to ELEC.

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