As HCDO civil war intensifies, Rivas mulling challenging Sires, sources say

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As the civil war between the Hudson County Democratic Organization intensifies, Union City Commissioner/Freeholder Tilo Rivas (D-6) is mulling challenging U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) in the upcoming June 5th primary election, sources say. 

Rivas, Sires

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Rivas, 70, a close ally of state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack, has already publicly joined the contingent who have decided they want to replace County Executive Tom DeGise.

The Dominican Republic-born official is not seeking re-election as commissioner this year, but was retained his freeholder seat in 2017 without breaking a sweat.

Sires, 67, along with state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, is leading the charge among Hudson politicos pushing for DeGise to be re-elected next year.

A former West New York mayor and state Assembly Speaker, Sires, who has served in the House of Representative since November 2006 and is yet to face a competitive challenger from either the Democratic or Republican party.

The congressional filing deadline for the primary election is April 2nd.

Sires’ office and Rivas did not immediately return inquiries seeking comment.