Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) said Friday that he is taking a “hard look” at seeking the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, becoming a third possible candidate in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the presidential race.

“Since the election, I have been approached by many Democrats who believe our party needs new leadership,” O’Malley said in a statement. “I'm taking a hard look at DNC Chair because I know how badly we need to reform our nominating process, articulate a bold progressive vision, recommit ourselves to higher wages and a stronger middle class, and return to our roots as a nationwide, grassroots party.”

O’Malley, a two-term governor with a litany of liberal accomplishments, sought the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee but dropped out after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. He is a former chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association.

So far, former governor Howard Dean has said he’s interested in the post, which he previously held. And Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is expected to announce on Monday that he is in the running to replace interim chairwoman Donna Brazile.

Ellison has already picked up endorsements from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next minority leader in his chamber, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), who was the runner-up in the Democratic primaries.

Though O'Malley tried to position himself as a progressive during the run-up to the primaries, he also had past ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton and the more centrist Democratic Leadership Council, a think tank that praised his data-driven method of governing while mayor of Baltimore. In the 2008 presidential race, O'Malley became one of the first governors to endorse Clinton for president.