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Four Democrats who hope to lead their na­tional party through a time of di­min­ished power will face off Fri­day at a fo­rum in Den­ver.

The “Fu­ture of the Party Fo­rum” comes as the race for chair­man of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee has emerged as a proxy bat­tle for the direc­tion of the party with Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump pre­par­ing to en­ter the White House and Repub­li­cans re­tain­ing con­trol of both cham­bers of Con­gress.

The hope­fuls plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate Fri­day in­clude Ray Buck­ley, the chair­man of the New Hamp­shire Demo­cratic Party; Howard Dean, a for­mer gov­er­nor of Ver­mont; Keith El­li­son, a Min­nesota con­gress­man; and Jaime Har­ri­son, the chair­man of the South Carolina Demo­cratic Party.

The party’s next chair­man is sched­uled to be picked in Fe­bru­ary by DNC mem­bers from across the coun­try, who may or may not take their cue from elected of­fi­cials. The new chair­man will suc­ceed in­terim chair­woman Donna Brazile, a long­time Demo­cratic op­er­a­tive who stepped in after Rep. Debbie Wasser­man Schultz, D-Fla., re­signed in July and has since come un­der fire for leak­ing de­bate ques­tions to Hil­lary Clin­ton.

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