According to a report by Politico, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will soon decide if he will run for DNC chair, and he would step down as mayor if he filled the position.

“I think ten days from now is the very latest that you can get in the race,” Buttigieg told Politico in an interview on Thursday. The Democratic voting body is scheduled to pick the chair by February 26, but candidate forums begin in January.

The list of Democrats already in the race includes Rep. Keith Ellison, New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown.

On December 13, Politico reported that Mayor Pete had been taking calls and “listening and thinking about” a run for DNC chair.

Buttigieg still hasn’t committed to running or not, but he said he would step down as mayor if were to become chair. “I don’t see how you can do two things at once. It’s one thing if you have the presidency, maybe,” Buttigieg told Politico.

“I’m looking at where I fit into the conversation,” Buttigieg said. “There can be a lot of ways to do that. What I care about though is our party moves forward in a way that’s going to work, that makes sense on the ground in the world I live in and is not going to devolve into a factional struggle.”

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