Thomas Edward Perez

After a bruising defeat, Democrats are hunting for a new leader

After a bruising defeat, Democrats are hunting for a new leader

The candidates vying to be the next leader of the Democratic National Committee agree on one thing: The party needs a major overhaul.

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez described the organization as a “fixer-upper.” Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said it needs a new culture “designed to win elections.” South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Democrats risk being “tuned out.”

Whoever wins the top job will find the task awaiting them is massive. The party has no power in Washington, controls only a third of the governor’s mansions and has 900 fewer state lawmakers than it did when President Obama took office in 2009.

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