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Before a crowd of his political mentees, Rep. Bill Dyson bowed out of a 30-year career to devote his time to his passion—criminal justice. Meanwhile, a personality-driven tiff sparked a surprise challenge to state Rep. Toni Walker’s seat.

Both announcements came at a Democratic Party municipal convention held Wednesday night at the Celentano School to endorse candidates for the positions of state representative, state senator and registrar of voters.

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