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Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey. (Photo: Facebook.)

Lankey drops re-election bid, endorses Joshi for Edison mayor

By David Wildstein, August 10 2021 7:48 pm

Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey has dropped his independent bid for mayor and has endorsed Democrat Sam Joshi.

Joshi, a councilman, won a contentious Demcoratic primary and faces Republican Keith Hahn, in the general election.

“After much reflection, I believe that now is the time for me to unify the Democratic Party and endorse Sam Joshi to lead our town as its next mayor,” Lankey said. “From preserving our open space to maintaining our roads to keeping our community safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic, serving my neighbors in Edison has been the honor of my life. I am confident that Sam Joshi is the right person to lead our town to a brighter future in the years ahead.”

Another Democrat, Councilman Richard Brescher, remains in the mayoral race as an independent. Brescher is an ally of Edison Democratic Municipal Chairman Mahesh Bhagia, who was beaten by Joshi in the primary.

Lankey had not sought party backing for a third term and instead filed as an independent on primary day.

Three council candidates who filed to run with Lankey — Lav Patel, Michael Lombardi and Alvaro Gomez – also withdrew from the race.

Lankey was elected in 2013 in a four-way race with incumbent Toni Ricigliano, a Democrat who was running as an independent.

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