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A racist marketing campaign flyer directed at two Edison Board of Education candidates have been disseminated to residents in Edison.(Photo: ~Submitted)
EDISON – Racist marketing campaign mailers that had been despatched anonymously to township residents and badault two Asian college board candidates are underneath investigation by authorities.
The mailers, which had been obtained by some residents on Wednesday, say “Make Edison Great Again” whereas claiming Chinese and Indian residents are “taking over” the city, NJ101.5FM reported.
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School board candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel are featured on the marketing campaign mailers with “deport” stamps on their photos.
The advertisements don’t determine the group that paid for them, in violation of state election regulation.
Patel, a Democratic committeewoman and immigration lawyer, says she’s disgusted by the pamphlets.
“I was born and raised in New Jersey,” she stated. “To see the word ‘deport’ on my picture … really it’s just outrageous.”
Both mayoral candidates have additionally denounced the mailers.
In an announcement Thursday, Middlebad County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe stated, “I am profoundly disgusted by the racist campaign flyer circulating in Edison today. This kind of disgraceful message has absolutely no place in Middlebad County or in New Jersey. It is absolutely antithetical to everything we stand for as New Jerseyans and as Americans.”
McCabe known as on each single candidate working in subsequent week’s election in Edison, no matter celebration, “to immediately denounce this horrific flyer in the strongest terms and remember that we are, first and foremost, a state and a community that has always prided itself on our diversity.”
“This was not put out by any Republicans,” stated Lucille Panos, chair of the Middlebad County Republican Organization. “We have the most diversified ticket that Middlebad County has ever had. We condemn any such divisive talk.”
In the township, 9 candidates are vying for 3 three-year seats on the board of training and two candidates are working for a one-year unexpired time period on the board.
More than 45 % of the township’s residents was born overseas. The township has a big Asian-American group consisting of Chinese and Indian immigrants.
Contributing: Associated Press
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