“I will personally be voting for Tom Perez. If anyone wants to know my reasons for that, I think his record is stellar, I like what he stands for,” Groen said during the meeting.
Perez, who served as Secretary of Labor under President Obama, has also been endorsed by Governor Tom Wolf.
The DNC Chairman’s race is seen as a proxy fight between a divided Democratic establishment, and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders who want the party to be more actively progressive.
Sanders has endorsed Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, who mingled with state committee members Friday afternoon in Harrisburg.
According to an announcement by party counsel Cliff Levine during the meeting, there is a chance the Pennsylvania delegation will not have a vote in the election. A group of state party members filed an appeal to the DNC contesting results of Pa.’s DNC member election. The appeal will be settled by the DNC Credentials Committee at the DNC meeting. If the Credentials Committee finds against the election, the Pennsylvania delegation will not be allowed to vote for the DNC Chair.
The DNC will hold the election for its new Chair during a meeting starting on February 23rd. Other candidates include Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Ellison, former Fox News analyst Jehmu Greene, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Harrison and Perez.