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Tom Perez, DNC chief, to speak at Nassau Democrats event

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee,

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, speaks during a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 20, 2014. Credit: Getty Images North America / Alex Wong

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, elected last month as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will be the keynote speaker at the Nassau County Democratic Committee’s spring dinner.

The annual event, which typically attracts about 1,100 party loyalists, will be held April 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said Perez, the first Latino elected to lead the DNC, will stress that the party must stay active and engaged, even without a presidential election on the horizon.

“It’s about building the party from the ground up,” said Jacobs, who was Perez’s New York whip during his DNC campaign.

Perez won the DNC post on Feb. 25, narrowly defeating Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

Jacobs, a member of the DNC’s Finance Committee, said he hopes to raise about $500,000 from the event. Perez will not be paid for his appearance, Jacobs said.

A DNC spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Shortly after taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Perez to serve as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Perez later served as Obama’s Labor secretary from 2013 to 2017.

Also at the dinner, North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, who served as a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, will receive the Nassau Democratic Committee’s Judy Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jacobs, a longtime Nassau legislator, died last year.

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