A onetime Miss America from Urbana wants to take her skills to Washington, D. C. Erika Harold (pictured) is doing it by challenging first-term incumbent U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) in the Republican primary. Harold, who graduated from the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School, says her experience as a health care attorney can help her examine Obamacare.
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She says she is more service-minded than politically motivated and does not much care what other people think of her decision to run in the 13th Congressional District, as opposed to starting her quest for elective office somewhere else. As for the district itself, “It's sort of a microcosm of the country,” says Harold. “You have a diversity of people, a diversity of interests; you also have a high percentage of college students, and I think that makes the next representative focus on the economy, because you have a lot of college students who are looking to graduate.”
County Republican chairmen in the district chose Davis from a field of candidates which included Harold after then-U. S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) chose not to run in the 2012 general election. Harold recently moved from Chicago back to Urbana. She was Miss America in 2003. Former Metro East judge Ann Callis, a Democrat, is the other candidate in the race.