Former Denver Mayor Throws Hat Into DNC Ring

Former Mayor Wellington Webb (search) formally announced his candidacy Thursday to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee (search).

Webb's interest in the job was widely known; he made a pitch to the committee on Dec. 10 in Orlando, Fla.

"I am running because I believe this historic election for chair will determine the future of our party," Webb said.

Webb was mayor from 1991 to 2003 after serving as a state legislator and Denver city auditor.

Others interested in the Democratic chairmanship include former presidential candidate Howard Dean; former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard; defeated Rep. Martin Frost of Texas; and Harold Ickes, who was an adviser to former President Clinton.

The current chairman, Terry McAuliffe (search), is not seeking another term.