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 ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE’s loss to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE in the presidential election.

Ellison, who has already received endorsements from Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service 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.