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About 75 Democratic Town Committee members gathered this week to elect a new board and to learn about the impact of a new state public election financing system that begins this year. It is designed to eliminate special interest groups from the election process and to encourage competition in legislative races. Currently 75 percent of all state legislative elections occur without an opponent or with only a nominal one.

State Senator Ed Meyer (pictured), a two-term Democratic incumbent, told the group: “I said no special interests anymore. We call it clean elections. We are way ahead of the country with this program and we are very excited about it.” He said he welcomed his opponent to the Senate race.

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