Sam Joshi, who has reportedly won the Democratic primary election as the mayor of Edison, New Jersey, is getting ready to give tough competition to the Republican candidate W Keith Hahn in the US general election this year.
The 27-year-old Indian-American has been endorsed by the top democrats in New Jersey, including Senator Cory Booker and Senator Bob Menendez, for his win as the mayor of Edison.
“Sam Joshi will be a great mayor for Edison because he understands he has all the leadership qualities one must have to be in administration, including treating people with respect and compassion and bring people together for a common purpose in pursuit of a better future for everyone,” Booker praised the newly elected mayor of Edison.
“I am incredibly grateful to have the support of Governor Murphy, two US Senators, several members of Congress and other prominent officials across New Jersey who have helped me achieve this,” Sam expressed his gratitude in return. “Many of the elected officials who endorsed my candidacy have known my integrity and passion for public service for a long time.”
Having Indian roots, Sam was born and brought up in Edison, and he thus feels that he could easily connect with everyone across different demographics, including Indians living in America.
Sam, whose parents moved to the US from Gujarat, told TOI, as he was born and raised in Edison, he possesses a unique perspective as a first-generation Indian growing up in the US. “It is incredibly important for everyone to work towards truly understanding and embracing one another’s culture, similar to how I have American roots with an Indian heritage,” Joshi was quoted as saying.
As promised, the city council’s VP plans to install municipal broadband for faster, cheaper, and reliable internet accessibility. Aiming to make Edison a science, technology, education and healthcare hub, Sam said that the faster internet connectivity might bring improvements to New Jersey in terms of bettering its economic conditions, tech-based jobs and better education.
“My master plan is to prioritize the expansion of Rutgers University, Middlesex Country College other than two hospital campuses in Edison,” Sam elaborated. “We aim to develop such an economy that we’ll be proud and would be sustainable for our growth in the long run.”