Mayor Sam Joshi says candidates he supported in Edison, NJ, won because of good governance

Mayor Sam Joshi, center pointing his finger, with supporters and candidaes for the City Council, pose for a photo, after victory at the polls June 6, 2023. PHOTO: courtesy Mayor Joshi

Mayor of Edison, NJ, says his strong endorsement of candidates running for election, led to their victory in the Tuesday, June 6, 2023 state elections.

“In a daring and highly strategic political move, Mayor Sam Joshi, who was not on the ballot and not up for reelection this year, chose to brand the campaign for his colleagues “Mayor Sam Joshi’s Team,” said a press release from Mayor Joshi.

“Every candidate including a State Senator, two State Assemblymen, two County Commissioners, four Council members and at least 93 County Committee members cruised to victory,” the press release said.

“Good policy leads to good politics and we ran a campaign based on what we’ve accomplished for our families and their future. I’m thankful for the support and look forward to continuing our progress.” said Mayor Joshi.

“Joshi already held a strong popularity and this election showed he can wield his name to elect other candidates in different  positions as well,” the press release said, adding that he now had a “supermajority” which would allow control over the Democratic Organization for the next four years.

The Democratic Organization has been Chaired by Mahesh Bhagia, who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor against Joshi.

On June 6, Joshi’s former opponents, Mayoral Republican candidate Kieth Hahn who tried twice to defeat Joshi, was joined by Bhagia, the Mayor said,in a bid to defeat those being supported by Joshi. “They failed, and Joshi’s team won in a decisive margin,” the press release said.

“Joshi’s team, Council Members Joe Coyle, Ajay Patil, Richard Brescher and newcomer Asaf Shmuel, ran an exclusively positive campaign touting Joshi’s 18 month record of achievements as Mayor,” according to the Mayor. “Their campaign pointed to paving more roads than ever, securing $37.7million from NJ for Edison schools, upgrading all the parks, securing $3million of Federal funds towards a new senior center, and bringing Comcast to compete with Optimum in Edison.”

Councilman Ajay Patil said, “Thank you Edison residents for expressing their confidence in what I have done and have tried to do in last seven and half years on the council. I always believed on a positive campaign and run on record of work. Thank you Mayor Joshi for the leadership and guiding team towards victory. Mayor and the council delivered more work in last year and half than what was delivered for decades combined. This is a high time for all us to work together, support the leadership of Mayor Joshi to move this town forward and make a great place to thrive.”



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