Eloy Delgado is attempting to take on the Democratic Party establishment in New Jersey. A public school teacher, who is not part of the Democratic machine in New Jersey, Delgado has a tough task; but no one has ever claimed revolutions are easy. He believes this will be the year that progressive left gets organized and mobilized. He is challenging Albio Sires because Delgado believes he would be a loud advocate for middle and working class Americans and not merely a rubber stamp for the organizational party structure.
Delgado will be a strong advocate for campaign finance reform whereas Sires blocked campaign finance reform when he was Speaker of the Assembly in NJ. The candidate argues, “there has been a concerted effort by corporate interests, aided by many politicians, to shift wages away from the middle and lower classes.” His opposition to plutocracy is made evident when he adds, “This trend can only be reversed when there are government officials at all levels of government determined to make policies for the majority of people, and not just the upper classes.”
The twelve key issues Delgado is running on include providing students with a world-class public education, free post-secondary education, not just in public colleges but for vocational training as well, a Marshal plan for American cities, raising the minimum wage to $15.00/hour, improving public transportation in his district to a “world-class” status, immigration reform to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, fair treatment for all people under the law, improved mental health coverage and comprehensive campaign finance reform. He argues, “Corruption cannot be tolerated, and you cannot have an uncorrupt system with the campaign finance system we currently have in place.”
“Win or lose, I hope to have helped the cause of Democracy in my district!” ~Eloy Delgado
In the interview above, he expressed support for the political revolution Senator Sanders has launched and explains what that means to him. He addresses mandates on vehicle manufacturers to compel them to produce cars, trucks and recreational vehicles that run on sustainable energy sources, increased taxes on the top 1% of wage earners, the issue on which he disagrees with Senator Sanders and whether he will accept support from a super PAC or not.
Delgado has a campaign team in place helping him build support for the primary on June 7th. They all work full time, and that makes this hard. In an email he adds, “We are devoting every single free hour to this effort.” Explaining why he is running for Congress, he writes, “Our problems may seem immense but I am fully optimistic in our ability in renewing the promise of the American dream but we can only do that with representation that believes that everyone is worthy of dignity. Some of you may not always agree with me, but what I can pledge to you is that I will always be ethical.”
Political revolutionaries in NJ’s 8th district, who want someone in Congress to help Senator Sanders pass his democratic socialist agenda if he is elected to the White House, can volunteer to help Delgado here; and revolutionaries across the nation, who understand that any President needs a Congress to work with, can donate to Delgado’s campaign here.