ATLANTA, GA (AP) – Democrats have a new national party chairman and it’s Tom Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama.
Perez won over Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, in the second round of voting Saturday by Democratic National Committee members at their meeting in Atlanta.
In a show of unity, Perez asked members to make Ellison the deputy.
Perez and Ellison each pledged to rebuild state and local parties, including in Republican-dominated states. Both said the party must capitalize on widespread opposition to Trump, but also work to reach frustrated working-class voters who felt abandoned by Democrats and embraced Trump.