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Amid dearth of female candidates, pro-choice advocate Ilyse Hogue considers run for DNC chair

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NARAL Pro-Choice America President and Women in the World contributor Ilyse Hogue is considering a run for head of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first woman to join what has become a burgeoning field of candidates for the position. Hogue, who has headed pro-abortion rights group NARAL since 2013, penned an Op-Ed for Women in the World in late October revealing how pro-life politicians resisted efforts to grant women with Zika access to abortion and stymied funding to combat the disease. Hogue, a Clinton supporter, has also written for Cosmopolitan detailing the steps women can take to protect their right to choose under a Donald Trump presidency.

While Hogue is only “considering” a run at the moment, she has suggested against rushing into an early decision on whom to vote for when the election takes place early next year. Rep. Keith Ellison, who formally announced his campaign yesterday, is considered an early favorite. Other candidates include former DNC Chair Howard Dean, Labor Sec. Tom Perez, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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