EDISON, NJ - Veteran Councilman Robert Karabinchak has garnered endorsements from six key Middlesex County and township officials, led by Mayor Thomas Lankey, to fill an upcoming 18th District Assembly vacancy.

“Experience counts when it comes to our collective voice in the Statehouse,” Mayor Lankey said. “Rob's tenure on the Township Council, his experience as a successful small business owner, and his history of community service are meaningful credentials for our next 18th District Assemblyman.”

Lankey is joined in his endorsement of Karabinchak for Assembly by Middlesex County Freeholder Charles Tomaro, Council President Michael R. Lombardi, Council Vice-President Alvaro Gomez and councilmen Ajay Patil and Leonard D. Sendelsky.

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Karabinchak, now in his eighth year on the Edison Township Council, has served multiple terms as council president and on its Finance Committee. Prior to that, Karabinchak served eight years on the town's Zoning Board of Adjustment and other municipal posts. He is also a Middlesex County Utilities Authority commissioner.

A local property owner and the owner of a general contracting business for over 30 years, Karabinchak is an outspoken advocate for statewide property tax reform. He has publicly  promoted changes to New Jersey's commercial tax appeal process to prevent it from shifting a greater financial burden onto homeowners.

“Rob is a fiscal conservative,” Lankey said. “Always mindful of the bottom line, he is routinely concerned about how government actions impact our taxpayers. I am confident we can expect nothing less from Rob when he gets to Trenton.”

“I am humbled and privileged to receive the support of my colleagues and friends as I seek new challenges serving in our Assembly,” Karabinchak said. “I hope to earn the same support and trust of my fellow Democrats in our six other 18th District communities.”

The 18th Legislative District has more than 225,000 residents from East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.