Washington (EFE).- The US Democratic Party opened the race for the succession of its leadership in the Lower House this Friday, with Hakeem Jeffries as its candidate for succession. Nancy Pelosi as his highest authority.
Jeffries, 52, a representative from New York, was the first to come forward after its current leaders announced their intention not to run again on Thursday after losing their majority in the November 8 midterm elections.
If elected, he would be the first black member of Congress to lead progressives in the lower house. The legislator currently holds and since 2019 the presidency of the Democratic Caucus in this chamber.
Pelosi seeks renewal
This Thursday, Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, indicated that the time had come for a new generation of leaders and that in January, when the new Congress resulting from the midterm elections is installed, he will retain his seat for California but give up his front-line position.
In the absence of final results, the Republicans have already obtained a majority in the House of Representatives with 218 of the 435 seats, while the Democrats retain power in the Senate.
Jeffries stressed this Friday in a letter to his colleagues that his candidacy is based on his intention to “empower each member” of the progressive caucus to better use their talents and interests, strengthen legislative efforts to combat violence and recover the majority in this room in 2024.
“I hope wherever possible we can find common ground with our fellow Republicans to deliver results for the American people,” he said in the letter, where he urged working around of a program that improves the daily lives of citizens.
Jeffries, a lawyer and congressman since 2013, had received support on Thursday from Steny Hoyer, the current Democratic House Majority Leader, 83, who also announced that day that in the new legislature he would step back to serve on the appropriations committee.
Other Democratic Party Tokens
As the “number two” Democrat in the Lower House, Katherine Clark, a 59-year-old representative from Massachusetts, also ran for the nomination today.
“We must be strong, nimble, and united to stop and resume the dangerous House Republican majority agenda. I stand ready to guide this critical work,” the MP said in another letter.
Pete Aguilar, 43, Rep. California, a member of the legislative committee investigating the January 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol and vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, also ran as the third highest authority in the democrats.
The congressman emphasized that he is running for the position currently held by Jeffries, motivated by his desire to continue to protect democracy and to continue the work done thus far. The election will take place the week of November 28.