Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE says he’s “taking a look” at running for governor of Maryland in 2022.
Perez made the comment on “The Bill Press Pod” on Tuesday, when asked what his future plans are now that he’s no longer in the role.
“I live here in Maryland and I’ve served in state government under Martin O’Malley, I was a local elected official where I lived in Montgomery County, Maryland. I loved the great state of Maryland,” Perez told host podcaster Bill Press, who is also a columnist for The Hill. “Looking at things, perhaps, we have an open governor’s seat next year and our current incumbent is term-limited. So, [I’m] taking a look at that and we’ll see what happens.”
Next Governor of Maryland? Could be Former DNC Chair Tom Perez. He says he’s thinking hard about it. He’d be great! On The Bill Press Pod.https://t.co/TbDSGSTfLq— Bill Press (@BillPressPod) January 26, 2021
Perez would be joining an already growing field of candidates to replace current Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who is term-limited. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) has already declared he would run for governor.
More than 15 other Democrats are seen as possible candidates, and least 10 Republicans are also being viewed as contenders, according to Fox News.
Perez served in the Obama administration for eight years, most recently as secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017. He previously served as state secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation in Maryland from 2007 to 2009, and was elected to the Montgomery County, Md., council in 2002.
The DNC formally elected former South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonTrump's election fraud claims pose risks for GOP in midterms Top Democrats tout California recall with an eye toward 2022 20 years later: Washington policymakers remember 9/11 MORE earlier this month to succeed Perez as new chairman of the DNC. The change comes after Democrats won control of the White House and narrowly won both chambers of Congress.