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Where does the Democratic Party go from here?

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So where does the Democratic Party go from here now that Valley Congressman Tim Ryan has failed to unseat Nancy Pelosi as the House Minority Leader?

Congressman Ryan told 21 News after the vote that he was proud to be a voice for the people crying out for change in their government nationwide. But along with others, he's hoping the conversation he started won't end with his defeat.

U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge, who represents the 11th District in Cleveland and Akron, said, "We did not lose today. Today we won. We may not have won the position, but we won a caucus. We have now a leadership that listens to what we are saying. We now have a leadership that wants to be more inclusive and include more people from this caucus. We now have a leadership that wants to hear what we think went wrong and how we fix it."

So where do the Democrats go from here? It's about communicating with the working class and understanding their issues and what they expect from their government.

Dave Betras, Chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, said, "Middle America doesn't think we're speaking to the issues that matter to them. And we need to tell them we do understand the issues that matter to you and we want to talk about those."

And the main issues are job creation and the economy.

"It always comes down to economic issues, and we have to be able to speak to the people in the Mahoning Valley and there are hundreds of places like the Mahoning Valley all over the Midwest where people are struggling, and the struggle is real," Betras said.

So could Congressman Ryan face any repercussions for challenging Nancy Pelosi for the House Leadership position?

Congressman Ryan tells 21 News he does not believe his position on the powerful House Appropriations Committee is in jeopardy.

Democratic Party Chairman Dave Betras says politically it would be foolish for Pelosi to punish Ryan because it's like saying to the people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin who supported Ryan that they don't matter, and that certainly goes against the new message the Democrats want to send.

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