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Edison Dem-backed slate lags in fundraising

Lone GOP slate will spend less than $14k

By Nikita Biryukov, May 31 2019 1:58 pm

A Democratic slate in Edison held a significant fundraising advantage over the party-backed slate Democratic slate, according to 11-day pre-primary reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

A joint committee for Councilman Mike Lombardi, Councilman Len Sendelsky, Bhavini Shah and Nimisha Shukla reported raising $48,579 in the last few weeks, bringing their total raised to $125,329, and finished the reporting period with $24,975.91 in its coffers.

Lombardi and Sendelsky were passed over by Edison’s Democratic Municipal Committee earlier this year in favor of the slate headed by Councilmen Joe Coyle and Ajay Patil.

A joint committee for Coyle, Patil, Richard Brescher and Joyce Ship-Freeman raised just $10,550 over the last few weeks, bringing their total raised for the cycle to $31,951, and reported ending the period with $15,447.54 on hand.

The town’s Democratic committee backed Coyle and Patil’s slate.

These numbers reflect where the primary campaign spending was last week and does not include expenditures or fundraising after Memorial Day weekend.

Whichever slate wins on June 4 will face the lone Republican team seeking the nomination in Edison.

The joint committee for the campaigns of Russell Azzarello, Cathleen Lynch Kilic, John Roche and Gerald Shine filed a form saying they did not intend to spend more than $14,000 for the race.

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