November 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Ray Buckley announces bid to become next DNC chair

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New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley has announced his bid to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The gay head of the New Hampshire Democratic Party on Tuesday announced he is running to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“I am a candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee,” he wrote on Facebook. “I look forward to a robust discussion with you on the future of the Democratic Party and I ask for and hope to earn your support.”

“Make no mistake, if I am elected chair there will be radical reform of how the DNC operates,” he added. “You and every member of the DNC will be called on to fully participate in the governance of our party. The DNC will be a team effort unlike what we have seen for many years. Every voice should be respected, every face reflected in the Democratic Party. The party cannot just be about winning the White House. We have thousands of other races, including state, county and local races that we need to win as well.”

Buckley’s announcement comes on the heels of President-elect Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College. Democrats also failed to regain control of the House of Representatives and Senate.

The DNC has been in turmoil since Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as chair on the eve of the Democratic National Convention after Wikileaks published emails that showed she favored Clinton over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile faced criticism last month after emails from WikiLeaks revealed that she provided debate questions to Clinton’s campaign during the primaries.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison have also announced their candidacies to succeed Brazile. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley last month said he will not run.

The election on who will succeed Brazile is slated to take place in February during the DNC’s winter meeting in Atlanta.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • I remain excited to voice my full and enthusiastic support for Rep. Keith Ellison for DNC Chair.

    Throughout my campaign for the South Carolina District 2 congressional seat against Joe “You Lie!” Wilson, I numerous times cited Representative Keith Ellison as an exemplar figure of Democratic Party principles.

    Why establishment Democratic Party leaders aren’t falling on their swords left and right at this time is complete evidence that the “party of the people” lost its way somewhere between Wall Street and Madison Avenue.

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