EDISON, NJ — Five individuals have come forward to express interest in screening before the Edison Democratic Organization (EDO) for Mayor.  The winner of the screening process will receive the endorsement of the EDO and have the Organization line.

According to sources close to the EDO, the five individuals are Councilman Joe Coyle, Councilman Sam Joshi, Councilman and former Edison Board of Education member Richard Brescher, former Councilwoman and Board of Education member Sapana Shah and current EDO Chairman Mahesh Bhagia.

TAPinto has also learned that 11 individuals have placed their names in contention for the three Council positions that will be on the ticket with the Mayoral candidate.

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Of the five candidates for the Mayoral nomination, Coyle and Bhagia are the 2 candidates in the race who have most recently reached out to committee members seeking their support for other elected offices.    

Coyle, just 2 weeks ago, asked Edison committee members to support him for the Assembly seat vacated by Nancy Pinkin.  Coyle was defeated in that race by Sterley Stanley who was sworn in as the first Asian Indian to represent the 18th Legislative District in the Assembly.

Bhagia, only this past June, solicited committee members to support him in becoming the EDO Chairman.

However, the screening process has not been without its share of confusion and controversy.  Several committee people were surprised to hear that Bhagia was moving the timing of the convention which historically has been in mid-March to mid-February.  Moving the date to mid-February gives candidates less than a month to campaign and reach out to all 156 committee members.  Additionally, several sources expressed concern with the role that Bhagia will be playing throughout the entire screening process.  Specifically, they questioned how he could serve as Chairman as well as a candidate for the mayoral nomination.