Well, it's that time of the year again here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison and the EDO will be holding their candidate screening for mayor and the three council spots on March 21, 2017.
Seems Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7%' ChoiLankey is running unopposed and his three council incumbent clerks; Bob 'See No Conflict' Diehl, Alvaro 'KaraMia' Gomez and Sapana Shah are seeking yet another term in the Local Dem Party Oligarchy.
The three council incumbents are being challenged by Sam Joshi, Sheila Angalet (Committeewoman from the 23rd District), Vibhi Kumar (Committeewoman from the 42nd District) and Mahesh Bhagia, brother of the District 3 Committeeman.
Now, since we live in a town where there's really only one-party and they get to pick who you can even get to vote for, it's a safe bet that who ever gets the screening nod on March 21st will be elected in November.
While the Dems in town outnumber the republicans by almost 4 to 1 and there's never any real challenge from the republicans, it's no wonder why the majority of unaffiliated voters don't bother turning out in force for any local elections.
So, in a town with over 100,000 people with some 55-60K registered voters, the election comes down to whoever the EDO's 156 committee people pick. Something, isn't it?
Being a tad bit curious about who those 156 people were these days, I OPRA'd and received the Dem Party Committee list.
Here's the list of Dem Party duly-elected Committee people by District in case you don't know who they are in your district:
Now, since the powers that be over there on 100 Oligarchy Blvd want to dump Sapana Shah for Sam Joshi in this cycle, let me reach out to my District 31 Committee people and share my thoughts on how they should vote - don't dump Shah for Joshi and while you're voting, go with the other two women challengers of Sheila Angalet and Vibhi Kumar. If you'd like to discuss this further before you vote, just let me know.
Anyhoo, if you have an interest in how this town is run, then reach out to your committee persons and have your say on how they should vote. If you don't, then it'll be Diehl, Gomez otra vez and Joshi battling it out with Bhagia for the third spot. Do you really want another 4 years with this same hand-picked crew?
PS: How could I forget?!? Someone reach out to the District 18 Committeeman and remind him to blindly vote the party line.