A former Miss America says she has “no complaints” over the selection process last year that cost her a shot at Congress.
This, after the Republican announced she will challenge last year’s G-O-P nominee, and eventual election winner, in a primary next spring.
Erika Harold was crowned Miss America in 2003, and is now a Champaign attorney.
But while Harold is an Urbana-native, she didn’t start working in the area until just a few weeks ago. Before that, she was an attorney in Chicago.
Harold maintains she didn’t just search for a race to run.
HAROLD: “I’m looking for a place in which I feel Iike I can make a difference. And the 13th district is a place I where I consider to be my home. And I think the people within my district feel that I have every right to feel that way.”
The 33-year old Harold was a finalist last year, after longtime Congressman Tim Johnson retired.
Instead of a primary, the Republican county chairmen in the newly-formed 13th district picked a candidate — and selected Rodney Davis.
The district includes most of central Illinois, and also extends in to the Metro-East around St. Louis.
In a statement, Davis says it’s “unfortunate” he’ll have to run another campaign so early.