Former DNC Chair Tom Perez Announces Campaign for Maryland Governor

DNC chair Tom Perez addresses attendees at the 2020 presidential Democratic candidates debate in Detroit. July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who also led the Democratic National Committee, announced Wednesday he is running for governor of Maryland.

In a five-minute video launching his gubernatorial campaign, Perez charted his history as the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republican who lost his father at the age of 12 to going on to raise a family in Montgomery County, Maryland, and then serving as a federal prosecutor and working in the Obama administration.

“Time is the most precious asset we have, and I want to make sure I use every day of my life to give back,” he said.

He pitched himself to voters as the candidate who has dedicated his life to “making government work and helping people,” and vowed to do the same if elected to lead the state.

In the course of his career, Perez has held positions in Maryland at the local and state level, as the first Latino to serve on the Montgomery County Council and as the state’s secretary of labor. At the federal level, Perez led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under former President Barack Obama and went on to serve as his labor secretary in Mr. Obama’s second term. Perez was elected as chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2017 and held that role until January.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Melissa Quinn

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