Lankey won a second four-year term

Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey won a second four-year term with 10,042 votes, defeating Keith Hahn, a former Democratic Party chairman who was the Republican nominee and got 7,541.

Mayor-elect Tom Lankey

Mayor Tom Lankey

The Democratic Mayor overcame a number of hurdles to secure the victory.

A panel found Lankey violated the state’s ethics law by accepting free legal representation in a personal matter from a municipal attorney, his son is currently facing jail time for drug violations and he raised taxes every year.

He was successful despite being opposed by a Republican nominee who is actually a registered Democrat that served as chairman of the local party as well as a municipal police officer.

Winning with Lankey were three members of his Democratic slate for council including Robert Diehl, Samip “Sam” Joshi and Alvaro Gomez.  They defeated Republicans Wayne J. Mascola, Maria Orchid and Larry D. Deutchman.

The race turned ugly when some voters received a mailing with pictures of two school board candidates, who are of Asian decent and associated with Lankey, that had the word “deport” stamped over them with racist comments as well as ‘Make Edison Great Again’ playing off the theme used by the eminently unpopular President Donald Trump.

That mailing had no indication who paid for it but all sides condemned it as a dastardly attempt to influence voting.


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