WASHINGTON – Two Democrats who have experience with municipal bonds, one much more so than the other, are vying to replace Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., as ranking minority member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee that will play a key role in tax reform efforts.

Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., a former mayor of Springfield who is a huge supporter of munis and has introduced several muni-friendly bills over the years, threw his hat into the ring on Tuesday soon after Levin, D-Mich., announced he would not seek reelection as the top Democrat on the committee.

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