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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been chosen to chair this summer's Democratic National Convention, the L.A. Times reports. The position means he'll be a public spokesman for the convention, among other duties.

A formal announcement is scheduled Wednesday in Washington. Villaraigosa will join President Barack Obama that night for a fundraiser in L.A.

The Democratic Party plans to release a Web publicity video with Villaraigosa Wednesday, the L.A. Times reports, raising his national profile as a major Latino politician.

Villaraigosa endorsed Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential bid against Obama, serving as one of her national campaign chairmen. Once she dropped out, Villaraigosa switched his support to Obama.

The Democratic convention will take place in Charlotte, N.C., beginning Sept. 3. Obama is expected to be nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Villaraigosa has quietly talked about wanting a position in the Obama administration. There have also been reports that he's considering a challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, but that's unlikely.

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