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Tom Perez announces run for Democratic Party chair

Tom Perez announces run for Democratic Party chair

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said Thursday he is running to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a decision that appeared to take him out of the mix of potential candidates for the Maryland governor's race in 2018.

Perez, a Takoma Park resident and former Maryland state official, would be tasked with countering Republican President-elect Donald Trump's message and rebuilding a party still stunned by Hillary Clinton's loss if he is chosen for the job by fellow Democrats.

"This is one of those 'where were ya?' moments in our nation's journey to form a more perfect union," Perez, 55, said on a call with state party chairs. "We're really in a...

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