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Howard Dean Sets His Sights On DNC Chair Again

Howard Dean announced on Nov. 10 he will run to be the next Democratic National Committee chair.

The former Vermont governor said in a tweet that it is time for Democrats to get themselves organized and "focus on the young" while implementing a "fifty state strategy and tech rehab."

"I am in for chairman again," he added.

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Dean was the first to announce his candidacy for the position, which he previously held. Interim chair Donna Brazile took over following Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's resignation after leaked emails revealed that she and other DNC members demonstrated a preference toward Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential primaries, notes the Washington Examiner. Schultz's term ends in March 2017.

Dean chaired the committee from 2005 to 2009 after running for president in 2004 and endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign in both the primaries and general election.

Dean is expected to run against Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who has not announced any intentions to run but is rumored to do so soon, several sources told The Huffington Post. Ellison, a black man and the first Muslim member of Congress, has been a leading progressive voice in the House and has already been put forward as a possibility by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Progressive organizations have also endorsed Ellison and have called for completely new and more progressive leadership following Clinton's loss in the presidential election.

"The DNC must clean house and the new chair must stand up to all efforts by Trump and Republicans to move their harmful and bigoted agenda, which lost the national popular vote," MoveOn executive director Ilya Sheyman said in a statement, reports Politico. "At the same time, the DNC must connect with the grassroots of the party base that wants the party to reject corporate influence and advance an inclusive, progressive agenda that will energize voters and grow our base in 2017, 2018, and beyond. To do this, we need to bring back a real 50-state organizing strategy. Rep. Keith Ellison would be an excellent chair."

The DNC chair is typically appointed by a Democratic president, but when a Republican administration takes over, a combination of state and local party officials and delegates typically select the next leader of the committee. Because President Barack Obama is not yet out of office, he could offer his own suggestion for Brazile's replacement.

Sources: Howard Dean/Twitter, Washington Examiner, The Huffington Post, Politico / Photo credit: Nick Davis/Wikimedia Commons

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