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But Mr. Nathan cautioned that public financing is “not a panacea” for what ails most campaign finance systems, since candidates can choose to eschew the program — and its accompanying limits on fundraising — and D.C. residents may not want their tax dollars going toward campaigns instead of other pressing needs.

Ms. Bowser said she tentatively scheduled a markup on the bill for Nov. 28, pending comment on the proposal from the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance. Ms. Bowser said the push for reforms will not come at the expense of getting it right, even if the bill has to be re-introduced when the council period elapses at the end of the year.

“There’s never a mandate to have any bill done,” she said. “I think we get it done when it’s ready to go.”