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DNC forum to discuss future of Democratic party, candidates

February 7, 2017 GMT

The state of Democratic party and an examination of how to move forward will be on the agenda Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Baltimore Convention Center for the fourth regional Democratic National Committee (DNC) Future Forum.

The DNC Future Forum has been held in regions around the country, with the Baltimore site serving as the final forum.

The function will feature remarks from Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, among others.

The first part of the Forum, according to a news release, will include a presentation, success stories and discussion on looking ahead to opportunities for the Democratic party.

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April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, will moderate the remaining forums with candidates for DNC Secretary, Treasurer, Finance Chair, Vice Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Participation, Vice Chair At-Large and Chair.

Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from her post after Wikileaks revealed emails showing DNC staffers gave Hillary Clinton an unfair advantage over her competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).

Brazile, the current interim chair, came under fire after leaked emails appeared to show her sharing a question with Clinton before a CNN town hall debate between Clinton and Sanders.

At the Michigan DNC Future Forum on Saturday, Feb. 4, U.S. Rep Keith Ellison emphasized the importance of supporting the grassroots movement already brewing around the country, The Detroit News reported.

“If we had made more house calls in person in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, we would have won these elections. We ignored the basics,” Ellison said.

The DNC is encouraging those interested in attending to RSVP at my.democrats.org/page/signup/baltimore-dnc-regional-future-forum-rsvp.

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