Good news out of City Hall: With an eye toward influencing state legislators, the New Haven Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution last night in support of a public financing system for city elections. The so-called New Haven Democracy Fund has now earned the backing of both the full board and Mayor John DeStefano Jr., who have argued that it will encourage local participation in politics... Ward 29 Alderman Carl Goldfield, who authored the resolution, said creating a public financing system was a necessary step toward assuring New Haven residents that local politics are not driven by money -- especially in the wake of corruption scandals in both state government and in cities like Waterbury and Bridgeport. Credit goes to my girlfriend, Ana Munoz, and all the other hard-working folks organizinhg on campus and in the community. Now the fight moves to Hartford to get authorization from the state for New Haven to implement campaign finance reform that would make it a national leader. The Governor, fortunately, is not in much position to resist.


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