Democratic National Committee Looks to Future, Picks New Leader

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Interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

After a bruising defeat in November, the Democratic National Committee heads to Atlanta this week to elect a new chair. It’s a key position: The winner will help rebuild the fractured party in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. We’ll talk with California-based supporters of the two frontrunners for DNC chair, former labor secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison.


Jennifer Granholm, distinguished adjunct professor, UC Berkeley School of Law and Goldman School of Public Policy; former governor of Michigan

Shawnda Westly, Brett Morrow, senior strategist for the California Democratic Party