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23rd September

First Published in The New York Sun, September 23, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Tuesday would have been the runoff election that wasn’t, the last chance that the local Democratic Party would have for the next four year to reverse its losing streak. And it is not surprising that the idea of the runoff, the great assembler of consensus, is under attack as “divisive.” It is under siege by those who see our city as a collection of ethnic groups pursuing their own agendas, rather than as a city of individuals united by our shared vision for the future.

The runoff is not only necessary, but essential. If I were to change the system, I would opt for a 50% rather than 40% threshold to win a party’s nomination for mayor. (more…)