The upset defeat of Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas will impact next year’s race for the Legislature. Sources say that Vas, without his power base as Mayor, is now likely to lose Democratic Party support if he seeks re-election to the State Assembly. One possible candidate to replace him is Jack O’Leary, the Mayor of South Amboy.
The race for Mayor wasn’t even close: Vas lost to political newcomer Wilda Diaz by a 61%-39% margin.
Vas won the District 19 Assembly seat in 2003 after ousting Democratic incumbent Arline Friscia. He lost a bid for Congress in the 2006 Democratic primary to Albio Sires.