Twenty years after a Democrat named Guarini beat a Republican named Sires for a Hudson County-based seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, a Republican named Guarini may face a Democrat named Sires. In 1986, Albio Sires was the Republican challenger in a race against Democratic Congressman Frank Guarini. Sires lost that race, but went on to win election as a West New York Commissioner, Mayor, and after switching parties, to the State Assembly. He is now making his second bid for Congress, this time against Republican John Guarini, the Chairman of the Jersey City 9/11 Memorial Committee. He works for the Jersey City Housing Code Department and was a political ally of the late Mayor Glenn Cunningham. Guarini was among a group of Hudson County Democrats who endorsed George W. Bush in 2004. Sires is the favorite to win the House seat left vacant earlier this year when Robert Menendez was appointed to the U.S. Senate. His main challenger for the nomination, Perth Amboy Mayor/Assemblyman Joseph Vas, did not file to run in the Special Election to fill the last two months of Menendez’s term. That means it’s possible for Sires to win the primary contest for the special election, but not the one for the full two-year term. If that happened, Sires would have to resign his Assembly seat and his mayoral post to spent two months as a Congressman.