As it turns out, the Not Me, Us ticket was no match for the Hudson County Democratic Organization in Tuesday’s mostly Vote By Mail Primary Election.
The race which had the most intrigue was the Democratic Congressional Primary in District 8, where 14-year, incumbent Congressman Albio Sires handily held off the challenge of progressive candidate Hector Oseguera. A total of 11,274 votes were cast in Hudson County for the Congressional seat. Sires tallied 8,343 votes, 74 percent, to Oseguera’s total of 2,638, or23.4 percent. Will Sheehan received 287 votes for 2.55 percent.
In declaring victory Sires stated, “I would like to thank Democrats from across Hudson, Essex, Union and Bergen counties for their support in this unprecedented election. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of the 8th District. I pledge to keep fighting for the values we all share, like expanding affordable health care coverage, reforming our broken immigration system, taking on the NRA and always standing up for our working families.
I am grateful to my many supporters in this election who I am proud to work with every day on important issues for our state, from Governor Murphy, Senator Menendez and Senator Booker, to all of the elected officials and Democratic leaders from throughout the district who worked together as a team to achieve this tremendous victory, to the many outstanding labor unions and advocacy groups who stood with me. Now, it’s time for all Democrats to come together to re-elect Senator Booker and restore true leadership to the White House by electing Joe Biden as our next President.”
Meanwhile, the HCDO swept all nine Freeholder races. In reality, there were only four contested, Democratic races for the Board of Chosen Freeholders. None of the Not Me, Us candidates came close to victory, with the largest margin of victory going to Union City Freeholder Fanny Cedeno in District 6. Cedeno won with 90.65 percent.
Other contested, Democratic Freeholder races saw Yraida Aponte-Lipski defeating Eleana Little 60.83 percent to 39.06 percent in Jersey City’s District 4. In District 5, covering mostly Hoboken, incumbent Anthony Romano took down challenger Ronald Bautista, 64.46 percent to 35.23 percent. Finally, Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri beat challenger Roger Quesada by a 85.19 percent total to 14.67 percent.
Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Democratic Presidential Primary in Hudson County, as did U.S. Senator Cory Booker in his race. Incumbent 10th District Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., who represents a small section of Bayonne in Hudson County, easily defeated two challengers. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. also won his 9th District, Democratic Primary.
On the Republican side, in the race for the U.S. Senate, the Primary victor was Rickin Rik Mehta. In the race for the 9th Congressional District, the GOP Primary winner was Billy Prempeh.
The winners will meet in the November General election.
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