Sires gains another endorsement from Jersey City Council, Saleh supports incumbent

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U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) gained another endorsement from the Jersey City Council, with Ward D representative Yousef Saleh backing the incumbent.

“I’m the son of immigrants, born and raised in the Heights and I’m proud to endorse Congressman Albio Sires as he is the epitome of the American dream realized,” Saleh said in a Facebook video.

“He and his family fled Cuba in the 1960’s and as the son of immigrants became a business owner, a teacher, and as legislator never forgetting his humble beginnings. I met him before I was ever a councilman and he’s a gentle giant but a heavyweight on policies – he’s advocated for polices that HELP the Heights and the diverse communities that make up the 8th Congressional District.”

Saleh, who was appointed to his post on April 30th, continued that Sires has been a strong advocate for dreamers, getting public education funding, and aid for low-income/senior housing.

Like County Executive Tom DeGise and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Saleh also called on his constituents to vote for the Column B ticket endorsed by the Hudson County Democratic Organization in the July 7th primary – which is being contested primarily via vote-by-mail ballots.

Sires also has the backing of Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera, while Ward E Councilman James Solomon threw his support behind aggressive challenger Hector Oseguera.

The incumbent, who will also square off with Will Sheehan in the primary, also received endorsements from AFSCME New Jersey and Local 32BJ from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today.