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Out politician launches bid to become Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Nick Duffy November 30, 2016
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An out Democrat from New Hampshire has thrown his hat in the ring to become Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Ray Buckley, who currently serves as Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, today threw his hat in the ring as competition heats up in the race for DNC chair – one of the most important roles in Democratic politics.

Following the departure of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned after the DNC’s email servers were hacked, several candidates have put their names forward.

Ahead of the election among Democratic officials in February, Vermont Governor Howard Dean, US Rep. Keith Ellison and South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison have all declared their candidacy.

Buckley explained his reasons for joining the race in a Facebook post.

He said: “I am a candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. I look forward to a robust discussion with you on the future of the Democratic Party and I ask for and hope to earn your support.

“Make no mistake, if I am elected chair there will be radical reform of how the DNC operates. You and every member of the DNC will be called on to fully participate in the governance of our party. The DNC will be a team effort unlike what we have seen for many years. Every voice should be respected, every face reflected in the Democratic Party. The party cannot just be about winning the White House. We have thousands of other races, including state, county and local races, that we need to win as well.

“To me, the Democratic Party’s message is simple: we firmly stand for the opportunity of every American to achieve the American dream. There should be no walls obstructing anyone’s success, both literally and figuratively. We are a dynamic, diverse party that represents the hopes and aspirations of millions of Americans. Our party must also continue to strive to include every voice and every idea from our grassroots.

“I ask that you share with me your ideas – both big and small – for how the DNC can best do its job of helping to elect Democrats. Collectively we can be the change that is needed.

“After we talk and you’ve had time to reflect, I hope you will decide to support me and together we can get to work reforming the DNC, strengthening our state parties, and rebuilding our grassroots nationwide.”

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