Tom Perez, who recently completed his term as chair of the Democratic National Committee, announced last week that he is running for governor of Maryland.
Perez announced his bid on social media, sharing a campaign video in which he vowed to build a Maryland where all residents have access to quality education, affordable healthcare and a good job.
“My entire life has been about making government work and helping people, and that is exactly what I’ll do as your governor,” the 59-year-old said.
In the five-minute video announcing his candidacy, Perez highlighted his upbringing as the son of Dominican of Republic immigrants. He touched on his work ethic, saying he had worked as a trash collector to pay for college, and portrayed himself as a family man who coached his daughter’s basketball team.
Perez served as the head of the civil rights division of the Department of Justice and as labor secretary under President Barack Obama.
He was elected to head the Democratic National Committee in 2016 after Hillary Clinton lost a bitter race for president to Republican Donald Trump. He did not seek another term as DNC chair and served until January of this year.