Huffington Post to host DNC chair debate

Huffington Post to host DNC chair debate
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The Huffington Post will host a debate on Jan. 18 between the candidates running to be chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The debate will be held live on Facebook from George Washington University, one month before the DNC election, according to an announcement on The Huffington Post.

The five candidates running for the position include Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and President Obama’s Labor secretary, Tom Perez.

Sally Boynton Brown, the executive director of Idaho’s Democratic Party, is also in the running, as are to the South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. 

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Ellison, Perez, Boynton Brown and Buckley will participate in the debate, while Harrison has yet to confirm his attendance.

The fight for the leadership position comes as the party seeks to find its footing after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ MORE’s loss to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE in the presidential election.

Ellison, who has already received endorsements from Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders ally pushes Dems on cutting superdelegates Sanders: ‘Trump's agenda is dead’ if Democrats win back majority Hannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers 'Fearless Girl' statue to be moved away from Wall Street bull Sanders, Warren, O’Rourke inspire patriotic small donor waves MORE (D-Mass.), has emphasized the concerns of working-class voters and claims he can increase voter turnout, should he become the DNC’s chairman.

Perez, an Obama Cabinet member who endorsed Clinton in her bid for the party nomination before the presidential primaries began, is backed by the White House and seen as a more centrist candidate than Ellison.