URBANA - Erika Harold announced her intention Tuesday to seek the Republican nomination to Congress in Illinois’s 13th Congressional District at a press conference at Urbana High School. She will be challenging freshman Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) in the 2014 Republican primary.
“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,” said Harold.
Harold was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana and graduated from the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School. She has worked as an attorney, representing businesses in a wide variety of civil litigation matters and religious institutions in First Amendment matters. She is currently working for the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign, Illinois. She serves on the Board of Directors of Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners and their families. She was named Miss America, and spent the next year promoting her platform “Preventing Youth Violence and Bullying: Protect Yourself, Respect Yourself.”
“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,” said Harold.
After her announcement, Harold began a three-day tour of the 14 counties in the district. Here is the schedule for Wednesday:
10:00 am, Litchfield-outside Carnegie Library
11:15 am, Carlinville-Public Square
12:30 pm, Carrollton-outside Courthouse
2:00 pm, Hardin-outside Courthouse
3:00 pm, Jerseyville-outside Courthouse, Public Square
4:30 pm Staunton-outside Post Office