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. 

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 ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE’s loss to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE in the presidential election.

Ellison, who has already received endorsements from Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Trump is a 'racist bully' Poll: Oprah would outperform Warren, Harris against Trump in California Democrats continue to dismiss positive impacts of tax reform 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.