Pete Buttigieg drops out of DNC Chair race, Tom Perez elected to the post

(Photo supplied/Pete for DNC)

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for the DNC chair.

Buttigieg spoke during the nominating speeches during the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting on Saturday, Feb. 25.

“We can do math and after speaking non-stop with voters who’ve been kind enough to give us the most serious consideration, I now realize it is time for this process to move on without me,” Buttigieg said. “It is time for this process to move toward a solution we can all get on board with. That means it’s time, for the party, that I step aside.”

Buttigieg was considered a dark horse candidate in the race with top contenders Tom Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama, and was elected as Chairman on Saturday, and Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, who Perez appointed as Deputy Chair.

The election for party chief involves 442 eligible members of the national party committee. The winner had to capture a majority of votes cast.

Perez, Ellison and other Democrats agree on the need to rebuild the party at the state and local levels. They say those organizations then can capitalize on the widespread opposition to Trump by getting frustrated voters to elect more Democrats.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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Paul February 27, 2017 at 9:05 am

Why didn’t you report that the mayor only got one vote in round one and then dropped out for round two of the voting?? MNC and others in the area wasted an awful lot of ink and air time on a candidate that got only one vote. Evidently the democrat party was not at all interested in him s their chairman. How much money did South Bend pay to have the mayor travel to all those “debates?”

Tom Franklin February 27, 2017 at 9:42 am

He dropped out before voting started.

Paul February 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

According to published reports he received 1 vote.

Tom Franklin February 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

Yes he did. It was probably a protest vote. But he had announced he was getting out of the race in his speech before voting started.


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