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Edison Councilman Sam Joshi. (Photo: Sam Joshi.)

AFSCME endorses Joshi in Edison

By David Wildstein, May 07 2021 3:11 pm

A major labor union with over 1,000 members in Edison has endorsed Sam Joshi for the Democratic mayoral nomination.

Joshi has the vision, experience and integrity to serve the people of Edison as their next mayor,” said American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) New Jersey executive director Steve Tully. “Sam has dedicated his life to public service and has a proven track record in promoting fiscal responsibility and ethical government.”

AFSCME has also endorsed Joshi’s slate of council candidates: Margot Harris, Nishith Patel and John Poyner.

Joshi, a 31-year-old councilman, faces embattled Edison Democratic Municipal Chairman Mahesh Bhagia in the June 8 primary election.

“He is the only candidate in this race with the vision to stabilize property taxes, protect open space and bring broadband to every household in Edison,” Tully said of Joshi.

Joshi is running with the backing of the Middlesex County Democratic organization, and has endorsements from Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch, Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) and Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), and Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City).

“As mayor, I will fight to ensure that I represent the hard-working men and women who go to work every single day to improve the quality of life of every single one of our township residents,” Joshi said.

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