With the June 7th primary election results finally in the books, recent Democratic 8th District congressional candidate Hector Oseguera says he’s just getting started after his “hard-fought battle” with U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), with an announcement set for 7 p.m.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“It has been the honor of a lifetime seeking to represent the people of our district,” Oseguera said in a statement.
“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.”
While the final result wasn’t remarkably close, with Sires winning by about 40 percentage points, Oseguera’s aggressive style and progressive platform garnered statewide, and even some national, attention.
Nevertheless, the challenger still called the end result “historic” since he was able to notch nearly 29 percent of the vote in Hudson County, far better than other recent challengers in the district.
“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,” Oseguera added.
“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.”
Certified results from the Hudson County Clerk’s Office show that Sires notched 33,702 votes, good for just under 69 percent of the vote, while Oseguera pulled 14,120 votes – which equates to just shy of 29 percent of the vote.
Will Sheehan, the third Democratic candidate on the ballot, scored just 1,121 votes, or 2.21 percent, according to tallies from the HCCO.
As a basis of comparison, Sires’ most recent Democratic challenger prior to this year, Eloy Delgado, received 13.1 percent of the vote in 2016.
As far as what’s next, Oseguera revealed that he will be making an announcement on social media this evening at 7 p.m.
In his announcement, while he didn’t explicitly state what’s next, he said that he’ll be sticking around for a while.
I’m not going away. pic.twitter.com/HKztCbUy3d
— Hector O. Oseguera, Esq. (@Oseguera2020) July 28, 2020
Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.