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The city’s pioneering clean elections program appeared on the verge of implosion last week: Its sole participant, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., threatened to withdraw from the program if his appointees who run the show didn’t start acting “consistently.”

DeStefano didn’t end up withdrawing, and the program carried on, approving funds to its only participant—an incumbent mayor who has raised $85,000 for a virtually unchallenged reelection bid.

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