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AP source: Democrats pick Los Angeles mayor to chair national convention this summer
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Democratic Party has picked Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to chair its national convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C.
A Democratic Party official says the selection of Villaraigosa will be formally announced on Wednesday.
Chairing the national convention, where Democrats are expected to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, will place Villaraigosa in a national spotlight. Overseeing the convention will also place the Latino mayor front and center as Democrats woo Latino support for Obama and their congressional candidates.
A native of East Los Angeles, Villaraigosa has served as speaker of the California State Assembly and as an L.A. city councilman. He was elected mayor in 2005 and re-elected in 2009.