Erika Harold wants people in the 13th Congressional District to know that the political campaigns do not have to be an incumbent protection program, and that voters will have a chance to send her to Congress.

Harold, who has gained national attention as a former Miss America in politics, is an Urbana attorney who is fighting back at members of the Republican “establishment” – whom she won't name – who, she says, are trying to get her to run for another office. She has chosen to take on a first-term incumbent, U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), in the Republican primary.

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With Republicans enjoying few success stories in Illinois, and assuming people would like both Davis and Harold on the team, why should they have to choose between them?

“It’s important for our party to be able to have strong team members,” Harold says, “and I think that people have to look to see where they think can serve best. But I think there are some people who think all the focus has to be on political parties, and I think that there should also be (a) focus on voters.”

Harold is upset Republicans have denied her access to research available to Davis, and that they even kept her off the stage at the Illinois State Fair two months ago.

The primary is March 18, 2014.

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