Harold: “Didn’t Just Search” For Congressional Bid

Champaign attorney Erika Harold talks to the media during a campaign stop in Springfield on June 4, 2013. Harold, a Republican, announced earlier in the day she will challenge U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 2014 Republican primary. (Chris Slaby/WUIS)

Champaign attorney Erika Harold talks to the media during a campaign stop in Springfield on June 4, 2013. Harold, a Republican, announced earlier in the day she will challenge U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 2014 Republican primary. (Chris Slaby/WUIS)

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.

—Chris Slaby
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