As the results of the July 7 primary are finalized, Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District and anti-money laundering attorney Hector Oseguera has declared “the progressive moment is just getting started in New Jersey.”
Oseguera ran against incumbent Rep. Albio Sires, who has been serving Hudson County in the House of Representatives since 2006.
However, Oseguera came up short in the primary, receiving only 28.83 percent of the vote compared to Rep. Sires with 68.81 percent of votes.
In the final tally, Oseguera received 14,120 votes compared to Rep. Sires with 33,702 votes. The third candidate, U.S. Navy veteran Will Sheehan, received 1,121 votes or 2.29 percent of the vote.
Just getting started
Despite the loss, Oseguera is not going anywhere, anytime soon.
“It has been the honor of a lifetime seeking to represent the people of our district,” said Oseguera. “We came out of nowhere with a simple vision: to bring working-class concerns like gentrification, lack of healthcare, and over-policing to the forefront of our political discourse. These are clearly popular positions because running on those issues was a tremendous success.”
Although he did not claim victory, Oseguera was the first serious challenger to Rep. Sires in recent history of the 8th Congressional District. In comparison, when Eloy Delgado challenged Rep. Sires in the 2016 primary, he garnered 13.1 percent of the vote compared to Sires with 86.9 percent of votes.
Oseguera called the results of the 2020 primary historic and attributed the results to newly energized progressive voters.
“We sought to activate voters in a way that had never been tried in this district, and took home the largest percentage by a primary challenger ever in the district,” said Oseguera. “Nearly a third of the vote in Hudson County is a good first try, but it is only a start. There is a tremendous wealth of progressive energy in this district that remains untapped and under-represented. I hope this race serves as a beacon to those who seek to change the way things are.”
As far as the future, Oseguera is undeterred and optimistic.
He also enthusiastically encouraged everyone to get involved in the quest for systemic change: “Get involved locally, run for office, do whatever is necessary to bring the changes we seek into reality. This is a lifelong path for me, I hope to see you in all the struggles to come.”
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