<aBhagia is brand-new Edison Democratic community chair – New Jersey Globe|New Jersey Politics

22July 2020

New Jersey's 5th largest municipality has a new Democratic community chairman.

Mahesh Bhagia will succeed Shariq Ahmad, who did not look for re-election to spend more time assisting to elect Joe Biden as president.

Bhagia, who works for Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey was not the mayor's prospect for control of the regional Democratic organization, beat Raj Pandya by a vote of 109 to 41.

In the race for first vice chair, Bhagia ally Peng Chen defeated Maria Tomaro, the child of the late Edison Mayor and State Sen. Thomas Pateriniti and wife of Freeholder Charles Tomaro, by a vote of 82 to 41. Margot Harris ended up third with 17 votes.

But in another objected to race, for legal counsel, Paterniti's nephew, John Soltesz, defeated Bhavii Shah by a large margin, 112 to 37.

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