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Sam Joshi in his first campaign video in his bid for mayor of Edison in April 2021. (Photo: YouTube/NJ Globe.)

In Edison, Joshi airs first campaign video

Mayoral candidate: ‘We need a leader who will work around the clock for Edison residents’

By David Wildstein, April 15 2021 9:36 am

Edison mayoral candidate Sam Joshi has launched his first campaign video in his bid for the Demcoratic mayoral nomination, coming one week after he won the endorsement of Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe.

Joshi is now running on the organization line against embattled Edison Democratic Municipal Chairman Mahesh Bhagia.

Bhagia faces allegations that he was the mastermind behind a racist campaign flyer three years ago, and Democrats abandoned his candidacy after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal empaneled a grand jury that has subpoenaed documents related to the township’s probe of the flyer.

The ad features Joshi, a 31-year-old councilman, speaking directly into the camera as he talks about his own life story and what he’s like to accomplish as mayor.

Script: “I’m Sam Joshi and I’m running for mayor to bring honest, smart, progressive government to Edison.  I’ve served on the council since 2018 and as the vice president of the town council for the last two years, consistently voting against tax increases, spent two years on the zoning board, and four years on the fair rental housing authority before that. My parents came here from India to build a better life — they paved the way, and I’m here because of the sacrifices they made. I was born and raised right here, now I’m proud to give back to our community and lead Edison forward. Edison needs a mayor who can bring people together — no matter what part of town you’re from, your background, or your politics. We need a leader who will work around the clock for Edison residents, doing whatever is necessary to get the job done.  And we need a mayor with new ideas and new approaches to government, like launching municipal broadband for faster cheaper internet, creating a new government code of ethics and embracing the diversity that makes Edison who we are.  That’s the kind of leader Edison needs, and that’s why I’m asking for your support in the Democratic primary election. Thank you. “

In addition to McCabe, Joshi has won endorsements from U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Reps. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) and other key Democratic leaders.

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