Elections for DNC Chair and Other Officers


Ed. Candidate petitions were due on Feb. 21.  (Some candidates dropped out or did not qualify; see bottom of page).
Democratic National Committee
Feb. 22, 2017

DNC Releases Official Candidate Ballot, Full Schedule, and Additional Details for Winter Meeting in Atlanta February 23-25

Meeting Will Focus On Electing New Officers, Fighting for All Americans

ATLANTA – Today, the DNC released the official candidate ballot for DNC officer positions. Candidates were required to submit 20 DNC member signatures to the DNC in order to qualify for the ballot. All officers will be elected by the full DNC membership on Saturday, February 25.
The following candidates will be on the ballot for the following DNC offices:
Candidates for Chair
Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho
Pete Buttigieg, Indiana
Keith Ellison, Minnesota
Jehmu Greene, Texas
Jaime Harrison, South Carolina
Tom Perez, Maryland
Peter Peckarsky, Wisconsin
Sam Ronan, Ohio
Candidates for Vice Chair:
Michael Blake, New York
Melissa Byrne, Pennsylvania
Mitch Ceasar, Florida
Maria Elena Durazo, California
Liz Jaff, Washington, D.C.
Latoia Jones, Washington, D.C.
Grace Meng, New York
Rick Palacio, Colorado
Adam Parkhomenko, Virginia
Candidates for Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation:
Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana
Melissa Fazli, California
Chris Reeves, Kansas
Yasmine Taeb, Virginia
Candidates for Secretary:
Ana Cuprill, Wyoming
Roberta Lange, Nevada
Jason Rae, Wisconsin
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland             
Candidates for Treasurer:
Joyce Amico, Colorado
Bill Derrough, New York
Lorna M. Johnson, California
Candidates for National Finance Chair:
Henry Munoz III, Texas
This week, DNC members from across the country will gather at the DNC’s Winter Meeting in Atlanta, where the party will elect new officers and focus on ensuring all Americans have access to a good job with good pay, affordable health care, a secure retirement, and a quality education for their children.
The DNC Winter meeting will begin on Thursday, February 23 and will conclude on Saturday, February 25. Over the course of three days, DNC members will participate in caucus, council, and committee meetings as well as training sessions. There will be two general sessions: one on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. to discuss party business, and another on Saturday, February 25 beginning at 10 a.m. to elect new DNC officers.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to accommodate increased public demand, Saturday’s session has been moved from the Westin Peachtree Hotel to a ballroom at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart facility close by. There will be a press file with tables and electrical power and a step-and-repeat for interviews, and a riser with a mult box and power.


Denver, CO
Dec. 2

Austin, TX
Dec. 17

Phoenix, AZ
Jan. 14

Jan. 18

Jan. 23

Houston, TX
Jan. 28

Detroit, MI
Feb. 4

Baltimore, MD
Feb. 11

Atlanta, GA
Feb. 22


Dec. 2, 2016 in Denver, CO - in conjunction with the DNC meeting.  Participating were Raymond Buckley, Howard Dean, Keith Ellison and Jamie Harrison.

Dec. 17, 2016 in Austin, TX - Texas’ State Democratic Executive Committee quarterly meeting, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol.  Participating were Sally Boynton Brown, Raymond Buckley, Keith Ellison, Jamie Harrison and Tom Perez. 


Democratic National Committee

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2017 

***Press Release***

DNC Announces Moderators, Additional Details for DNC Future Forum Series

WASHINGTON – Today, the Democratic National Committee announced moderators for the DNC’s Future Forum series, which will feature candidates for DNC Chair and other DNC offices.
·         The first DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, January 14 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, will be moderated by Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent. 

·         The second DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, January 28 at Texas Southern University Sawyer Auditorium will be moderated by Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune.

·         The third DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, February 4 at Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium, will be moderated by Ron Fournier of Crain’s Detroit Business.

·         The fourth DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, February 11 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will be moderated by April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.
The DNC Future Forums will be full-day affairs and are expected to begin at 9 a.m. local time and end at approximately 6 p.m. local time. The first part of the day will feature presentations, success stories, and looking ahead to opportunities on the horizon. The second part of the day will feature three forums: one for Chair candidates, one for Vice Chair candidates, and one for Treasurer, Finance Chair, and Secretary candidates.
A detailed schedule for each DNC Future Forum will be released prior to each of the forums. The schedule will include a solicitation for media to RSVP to each specific forum.
The DNC Future Forums will be open to the press and the public and will be livestreamed for maximum audience participation.
The election of the DNC Chair, Vice Chairs, and other officers will be held during the DNC’s Spring Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, February 26.
Candidates for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, or Finance Chair who wish to participate in one of the upcoming forums must declare their intention to participate by close of business on the Monday prior to the forum. For more information about participation, please email secretaryoffice@dnc.org.

Ed. note: Several forums were hosted by outside groups...

Jan. 18, 2017 in Washington, DC


Washington, DC -  The Huffington Post and the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs will be hosting a live debate among candidates running for Democratic National Committee chair.  The debate will be held on January 18, 2017 at GWU's Jack Morton Auditorium at 7 PM, and HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen and D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim will moderate.

Confirmed candidates participating include:
Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison
The Honorable Tom Perez

The debate will be livestreamed on HuffPost Politics’ Facebook Page.  Viewers can submit questions for the candidates via social media prior to the debate using the hashtag #DNCdebate.

The election will be held during the DNC’s winter meeting in late February.


Democracy in Color

Democracy in Color w/mitú & Inclusv:

DNC Chair Candidates Forum

Mon, January 23, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University
805 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Come join us for an evening on leadership, diversity and the future of the Democratic Party! All seven declared 2017 Democratic National Committee chairmanship candidates have confirmed their participation in the Democracy in Color DNC Chair Candidate Forum presented by Democracy in Color, a multimedia platform on race and politics, in partnership with Latino digital network mitú and diversity hiring initiative Inclusv.

This DNC Chair candidates forum will be the only grassroots-organized forum and the only one focused on race and voters of color.

The new Chair of the DNC and the strategy of the Democratic Party going forward will be central to whether we, as a multiracial and multicultural nation, can truly continue our mission to becoming a just and equitable society for all. The new chair will be elected on the weekend of February 24, 2017 by 447 voting DNC members. This forum will provide you with a chance to hear each candidate's plans and priorities.

The panel discussion will be held on Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. in Washington, DC at George Washington University. You can also view it via livestream.

Aimee Allison, Co-Director of Democracy in Color and host of the Democracy in Color podcast

Lucy Flores, Vice President of Public Affairs for mitú and former Nevada State Assemblywoman

All seven declared candidates for the 2017 Democratic National Committee chairmanship election.

Sally Boynton Brown, Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party
Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Keith Ellison, U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota 5th District|
Jehmu Greene, Political Analyst
Jaime Harrison, Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party
Tom Perez, 26th United States Secretary of Labor

Moderator: Joy-Ann Reid, host of MSNBC’s AM Joy, columnist for The Daily Beast and editor of the new book: We Are the Change We Seek, the Speeches of Barack Obama

Democracy in Color is a multimedia platform on race and politics. Its mission is to elevate the voices of the New American Majority—multiracial, multicultural, and progressive—to create a just and equitable society by transforming our country's political consciousness and culture through meaningful public conversations, insights, and analysis. As part of its powerful campaigns, Democracy in Color collects and shares data on how the most highly resourced Democratic campaigns and committees engage people of color. Rooted in quantitative and qualitative analysis of campaign operations, the campaigns aim it is an effort to engage interested progressives on how to invest their time and financial resources—while holding major party campaigns accountable to engaging voters of color. The campaigns initiative was launched by Susan Sandler, a board member of the Democracy Alliance, and is led by Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color and author of the New York Times bestseller Brown Is the New White. Jessica Byrd serves as Campaign Director.

ABOUT mitú
mitú's mission is to empower and give voice to Latino youth in America. We are inspired by the 200% - youth in America who are 100% Latino and 100% American. We create culturally relevant, authentic content that travels cross-culturally to a broad audience in the US. Each month, we reach nearly 100 million people and drive over 400 million content views and over 120 million video views.

The mission of Inclusv is to ensure staff, consultants, and vendors of color are found at every professional level within advocacy, policy, and campaigns and elections.

*Ed. note this forum actually started around 7:45 p.m..

list from Jan. 2017

Candidates for Chair:
Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director
Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair, Association of State Democratic Parties Chair
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, IN
Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative (MN-5)
Jehmu Greene, Fox News Political Analyst, Texas
Jaime Harrison, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair
Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor
Peter Peckarsky, Wisconsin
Sam Ronan, Ohio
Robert Vinson Brannum, Washington, D.C.
Vincent Tolliver removed as a candidate

Candidates for Vice Chair:
Michael Blake, New York State Assemblyman (79th District)
Melissa Byrne, Former National GOTV Digital Director for Bernie 2016
Mitchell Caesar, Former Broward County Democratic Party Chair
Maria Elena Durazo (an incumbent DNC vice chair), California
Elizabeth Jaff, Head of Business Development and Campaigns for Crowdpac, Inc.
Lorna M. Johnson, Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Los Angeles
Latoia Jones, Assistant Director of Human Rights, American Federation of Teachers and Co-Founder of Black & Engaged
Grace Meng, U.S. Representative (NY-6)
Rick Palacio, Colorado Democratic Party Chair
Adam Parkhomenko
Candidates for Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation:
Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana Democratic Party Chair
Chris Reeves, Kansas
Yasmine Taeb, Virginia
Melissa Fazli, Executive Board Member and Delegate for the California Democratic Party for Assembly District 55
Candidates for Secretary:
Ana Cuprill, Wyoming Democratic Party Chair
Roberta Lange, Nevada Democratic Party Chair
Jason Rae, DNC Youth Council Chair
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, DNC Secretary and Former Baltimore Mayor
Candidates for Treasurer:
Joyce Amico, President of JPCM Incorporated
William Derrough, Managing Director of Moelis & Company
Candidates for National Finance Chair:
Henry Munoz III, DNC National Finance Chair