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Karla Rose Hanson running for Fargo's District 44 House seat

Karla Rose Hanson

FARGO – Karla Rose Hanson, a prominent critic of anti-abortion laws, announced her run for state House representing District 44, which covers northeast Fargo.

Hanson, a Democrat, seeks to unseat Republican Rep. Blair Thoreson, who has served in the House since 1999, in the November 2016 election.

A North Dakota Women's Network board member, Hanson was the spokeswoman for North Dakotans Against Measure 1, the campaign in opposition to the statewide anti-abortion ballot measure that failed in a vote last November.

Hanson, 43, said in a statement she would "work to address the state's shortage of behavioral health and addiction services, increase transparency in government, improve equal rights, and prioritize the needs of North Dakotans over out-of-state corporations."

She criticized Thoreson for his opposition to campaign finance reform and his support for anti-abortion law. "Last year, 73 percent of voters in District 44 voted 'no' on Measure 1, sending the message that they don't want the government interfering with personal medical decisions like in-vitro fertilization and end-of-life care," Hanson said.

The North Dakota native worked for Microsoft and Great Plains Software after graduating from North Dakota State University. She started a communications business in 2011.

She has not held elected office.