Edison: The race to determine who will be the Democratic candidate for Mayor in November is underway with election polls opening at 6 am throughout the Township. Three candidates are running for Mayor: Sam Joshi who is on Column A with Governor Phil Murphy and the entire Middlesex County Regular Democratic Organization candidates, Mahesh Bhagia who is running with a slate of candidates on Column B and newcomer Arthur Esposito. According to many political insiders in Edison, the highly contested primary is believed to be a two-way race between Joshi and Bhagia.
Joshi who is endorsed by Governor Phil Murphy, Congressman Frank Pallone and Senators Melendez and Booker, has been campaigning on a platform of creating a township-wide municipal broadband to give residents faster cheaper internet and get rid of Optimum, reducing taxes and increasing municipal services and recreational programs. Running with Joshi are Council candidates Margot Harris, John Poyner and Dr. Nishith Patel.
Bhagia who is the current Edison Democratic Organization Chairman and received their endorsement and support for Mayor. He has focused his campaign on making government more transparent and accessible for residents, getting rid of no bid contracts, working with the Edison School Board to address overcrowding in the schools and instituting a Zero tax increase Municipal budget. Running with Bhagia are Council candidates Tom McCann, Shannon Peng and Sparshil Patel.
According to sources familiar with the race, over 4,000 Vote By Mail Ballots (VBMs) have already been received by the County election Board.
Polls will remain open until 8pm.