HCDO CD-8 challenger steps forward

Longtime Hudson County resident and former Chris Christie staffer Brian Varela has decided to challenge the NJ political machine and line.

Varela, the son of immigrants, was the first person in his family to graduate from college and went on to earn his MBA. He went on to form several successful businesses in aesthetics, marketing and early childhood education, according to his press release.

He is a Democrat from North Bergen, according to his ally, Anne-Marie Principe.

From this version:

“He is proud to say that he employed hundreds of workers while ensuring they earned more than a living wage. He has given back to his local and international community. He has known since his adolescence that his destiny is to make a difference, to create a better world. He is ready to take on this role.

“Brian knows he is facing a big challenge, where the party leaders have already chosen a candidate to fill the seat. This is not how democracy is supposed to work. People should be able to choose the candidate who, that they think best represents them, not the one that was chosen for them.

“In this new post-pandemic world, people have lost their jobs, their homes and we are seeing a mental health crisis like no other. We need leaders who can weather these tough times, restore voters’ trust in government, and remind them how resilient Americans can be.

“Brian Varela wants you to know your voice matters and hopes you’ll give him the opportunity to represent you here in New Jersey and on Capitol Hill.”

U.S. Representative Albio Sires (D-8) currently holds the 8th Congressional District seat in the Democratic Party-dominated district. He is retiring at the end of his term this year and the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) is backing Rob Menendez – son of US Senator Bob Menendez – to replace Sires.

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