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Mr. McDuffie views economic development as an all-encompassing door opener for not only his constituents, but also for residents all over the city.

“It wraps around everything that matters — jobs, education, revenue, quality of life, the environment, housing, public safety — everything,” he said. “We need to bring additional amenities to Ward 5. It’s my job to engage the community and engage my colleagues and make sure to connect the dots.”

Smart and strategic.

So far so good for a lawmaker who won office while city hall was, and remains, under a pall of unethical and illegal storm clouds — especially a lawmaker who appreciates sunshine.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at