Indian American wins Democratic primary for Edison, New Jersey


An Indian American is all set to take on the responsibilities of the Mayor of Edison, New Jersey.

Sam Joshi, has won a Democratic primary for the mayor post of Edison, a city with a large population of Indian Americans.

Some results presented 5,955 votes for Joshi, while Edison Democratic chairman and fellow Indian American Mahesh Bhagia had 3,185 and Arthur Esposito had 546.

Joshi will take on Republican W. Keith Hahn in the general election.

“The people of Edison have spoken, and now it’s time for our Democratic Party and our community to come together and move forward into a new era of progress, and I could not be more excited to hopefully have the opportunity to lead Edison into that new day,” Joshi wrote in a social media post in which he also thanked his campaign team, the Democratic leaders and Edison voters who supported him.

“I look forward to the general election and hopefully to beginning a new administration in January that will deliver the bold, transformative leadership that Edison deserves.”

Joshi, 27, received endorsements from key Democrats in New Jersey. He is the vice president of the city council of Edison and speaks of “shifting the paradigm from politics to public policy” and “bringing our community together” in his campaign website. “Edison is where I was born and raised.

I am running for mayor to make a positive impact in our community. Using my experience and education, as mayor, I will form a new township masterplan, prioritize smart growth investments, such as launching municipal broadband for faster and cheaper internet that would generate revenue to offset high taxes, increase the value of our properties, cut municipal waste, and build a community that we are proud of now and for the future,” he had said.

Before serving on the council, Joshi was on the zoning board of adjustment in 2016-2017 and on the fair rental housing authority from 2010 to 2014.