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Mayor faces heat for housing stance

Others say housing issue is not pivotal

With his reelection campaign underway, Mayor Setti Warren of Newton stunned some of his supporters and gave grist to his opponents when he came out against funding a housing program for homeless people in Waban, one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

The popular first-term Democrat has shown a deft ability to control his image and promote his agenda, settling contracts with unions, crafting a long-range capital improvement plan for the city, and winning support for recent tax overrides.

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