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NH Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley wins back coveted seat on DNC Executive Committee

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 20. 2017 7:37PM
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley is set to begin his fifth term on the Democratic National Committee's Executive Committee. 

MANCHESTER -- New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley of Manchester politically came off the mat Friday afternoon, keeping a coveted seat on the Executive Committee of the national party during its fall meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

State party officials confirmed that Buckley won one of two elected seats on the prestigious panel two days after Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez had removed him from the slate of Executive Committee members who are appointed.

Marcel Groen, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, won the other elected spot.

BuzzFeed reported Buckley had edged out James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute and a Bernie Sanders supporter whom Perez had also snubbed.

The seat Buckley won has a four-year term for this panel that manages party functions.

This will be Buckley’s fifth term on that committee.

Last year Buckley ran for chairman and, after losing, he endorsed not Perez for the top spot but Michigan Congressman Keith Ellison.

Over nearly two decades, Buckley has been a fixture in national party circles having served as a regional vice chair of the DNC and as chairman of the working group of state chairmen across the country.

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