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Edison Democratic Committee to Select 2015 Party Candidates, No Guarantee for Incumbents

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EDISON, NJ - The Edison Democratic Committee will convene Wednesday evening at The Pines Manor to select the party's 2015 council slate. The 156 members of the local party committee will select four candidates to run in the June primary election to run as the candidates endorsed by Edison Democratic Committee.

The four seats up for election are held by incumbents, Councilmen Robert Karabinchak, Micheal R. Lombardi, Dr. Sudhanshu Prasad and Wayne Mascola.

In addition to the four incumbents, there are six newcomers seeking the local Democratic Committee nomination to run:

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Sheila M. Angalet, William Araujo, Ralph Errico, Ajaykumar “Ajay” V. Patil, Leonard D. Sendelsky and Jonathan S. Teitelbaum.

Incumbent Councilmen Prasad and Mascola may not receive their party’s nomination this time around according to a recent article in nj.com

In 2013, Prasad caused disharmony within the local Democratic Party when he ran a mayoral campaign against the party-backed candidate Thomas Lankey with Mascola serving as his campaign manager.

Prasad is a doctor of internal medicine at Rahway Medical Associates and former chair of JFK Hospital’s Department of Medicine while Mascola, an information technology consultant

Incumbent Councilman Karabincak has served on township council for a total of seven years and he is seeking his second full, four-year term. Karabinchak was first appointed in 2007 to fill a one-year unexpired term after then-Councilman Peter Barnes III stepped down to serve in the state Assembly. Democrats again appointed Karabinchak to the Council in 2009 to replace of Ann Marie Griffin- Ussak who resigned in the middle of four-year her term.

In 2010, Karabinchak won a special election to fill the final year of Griffin-Ussak’s term and he won his first, full-term in 2011. Karabinchak owns Tri-Form Construction, a construction management and general contracting firm that handles industrial and commercial projects.

Incumbent Councilman Lombardi, an attorney in the family North Edison law firm is seeking his second council term. Lombardi has a business administration degree from Loyola College in Baltimore and is a 2007 graduate of the New England School of Law, Boston.

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Sheila M. Angalet made an unsuccessful bid in 2013 for the 18th District Assembly on the same independent ticket as then-mayoral candidate Dr. Prasad and his council slate. Angalet holds a bachelor’s in dance from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

William Araujo ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate for Mayor in 2009 and for governor in 2013 on a "Peace and Freedom Party" ticket. Araujo is a union carpenter who serves on the Edison Planning Board.

“The message from our Mayor Lankey is very clear, "Moving Forward" requires a dedicated team with many talents to compliment the vision of tomorrow.” Araujo said. “The nomination from the Edison Democratic Committee would be a huge step for me since it shows that persistence and determination can be accomplished.”

Ralph Errico is a colleague of Edison Township Council President Robert Diehl who is also a elementary school principal in the South Plainfield School District. Errico is a former Edison Board of Education member and now serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and on the Council's finance committee

Ajaykumar "Ajay" V. Patil ran unsuccessfully in 2013 for the Edison school board. Patil is director of IT for Met Life Insurance Co. Patil has a degree in mechanical engineering and a post-graduate degree in industrial engineering and management.

Leonard D. Sendelsky is builder and developer who owns Lenguy Construction Corp. He currently serves as chairman of the Edison Memorial Tower Corporation and is member of the Edison Zoning Board of Adjustment.

“My passion is community service and has been for over 30 years. I have a strong work ethic and enjoy giving back to my community,” Sendelsky said. “I care deeply about our town and want to ensure that Edison remains one of the best communities in the state.”

Jonathan S. Teitelbaum is vice president of human resources for CIT Group Inc, a Manhattan-based financial holding company. Teitelbaum has over 17 years executive management experience and holds a degree in finance from Yeshiva University in New York. Teitelbaum and his wife Nadine, a doctor of pharmacology, are active members of Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison.

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