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The dean of local black elected officials, State Rep. Bill Dyson (at right in photo), gave a mayoral challenger his first major endorsement Monday, saying City Hall needs a new direction and the Democratic Party needs an infusion of democracy.

Dyson endorsed Democrat Jim Newton’s uphill primary challenge to incumbent Mayor John DeStefano. (In the file photo he’s shown alongside former Mayor John Daniels at a 2005 anti-DeStefano event.)

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