Former Miss America Erika Harold, a graduate of Harvard Law School, announced that she’ll run for Congress and challenge GOP Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois in a primary.
Harold, who wore the crown in 2003 and is now a lawyer, is planning a three-day rollout of campaign events, according to The Pantagraph, a newspaper that serves the Bloomington-Normal region.
Last year, Harold was a candidate in Illinois’ 13th District when incumbent Rep. Tim Johnson ended his re-election bid after winning the GOP primary. Party leaders instead chose Rodney Davis to take Johnson’s place on the ballot, and Davis narrowly defeated Democrat David Gill in November by about 1,000 votes. Davis, a freshman, is a top Democratic target this year.
Harold is not the only former Miss America considering a run for Congress. Heather French Henry, who held the title in 2000, has been mentioned as a Democratic candidate for the Senate in Kentucky.
- Source: Miss Broward Scholarship Pageant
Statement from the Erika Harold for U.S. Congress website:
Erika Harold announced her intention today to seek the Republican nomination to Congress in Illinois’s 13th Congressional District at a press conference at Urbana High School.
“I am committed not only to fighting for the people of this District and standing upon principles of limited government and individual autonomy, but I’m also committed to making the case for how conservative principles expand opportunities for the individual … reward entrepreneurship … promote economic growth … affirm the value of each life … foster social mobility … and uphold human dignity…I’m willing to step into the arena because I believe that the challenges of our times demand a willingness to stand with conviction and courage … and I believe that people outside of the system may be the ones who can best bring change to the system.” — Erika Harold, Miss America 2003 and candidate for Congress