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DNC Names New Chief of Staff to Tom Perez

DNC Names New Chief of Staff to Tom Perez

Michael Tyler is being promoted to the role of Chief of Staff to DNC Chair Tom Pérez. He most recently served as the Spokesperson and National Press Secretary for the DNC. Tyler was elevated to the position of Spokesperson in 2017 after serving as a communications staffer on Pérez’s campaign for the chairmanship. The Atlanta native first joined the DNC in 2015 as the Director of African American Media. Prior to joining the DNC, the Georgetown University graduate was the Communications Director for former Senator Russ Feingold’s unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2016. The 31-year-old was also the Director of Communications for the Atlanta City Council and previously served as a field organizer on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in Virginia. “I’m thrilled for this opportunity to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot. As Tom’s chief of staff, I’ll be working day-in and day-out with the chair as we lift up Democrats across the country, put our values into action, and put our party in the best position to win in November," Tyler said to The Beat DC. "I couldn’t more excited for this new role and for our party’s future as we head into the most important midterm election of our lives.” He assumes the new position as the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission (URC) on Tuesday voted to advance new rules that would essentially make superdelegates irrelevant. The compromise, which emerged after the URC’s suggestions were debated by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, would prevent the hundreds of unpledged delegates from voting on the first ballot of a presidential nomination. While they would be free to make endorsements, their support would not count toward a candidate’s delegate total, except in the event of a brokered convention. More on that here.

Joaquín Castro Presses Defense Secretary on Foreign-Born Recruits Being Terminated from Military

Joaquín Castro Presses Defense Secretary on Foreign-Born Recruits Being Terminated from Military

Charlotte’s First African American Woman Mayor Champions Narrow Vote to Host RNC in 2020

Charlotte’s First African American Woman Mayor Champions Narrow Vote to Host RNC in 2020