EDISON – Mayor Jun Choi officially announced his re-election campaign and named his running mates on Monday. The mayor, a Democrat seeking his second four-year term, is again running without the backing of the township’s Democratic organization.
“We need to revitalize Edison Township and the Democratic Party, with an infusion of fresh talent, untarnished by old guard politics and willing to stand up to special interest politics,” Choi said.
Joining the mayor on the ballot are Rachel Callen, a teacher and community activist; Meiling Kravarik, president and owner of a local realty firm; and Edward Fitzgerald, a retired captain in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.
If all three of his council candidates are elected in November, Choi said there would be four females, three males and “every major ethnic group” in Edison on the council. “That is a model of what democracy should be in the country,” he added.
Councilwoman Antonia Ricigliano, who received the endorsement of the Edison and Middlesex County Democratic committees, will be Choi’s main opposition in the primary, though William Araujo also filed Monday to run for mayor as a Democrat. Ricigliano’s council candidates include incumbent Robert Diehl and newcomers Charles Tomaro and Thomas Hanke.
Two Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination to run for mayor: Ray Koperwhats, a former board of education member, and Peter Cerrato, a local stamp-shop owner who ran for a congressional seat last year.