URBANA - Republican contender in the 13th CD primary Erika Harold is in the midst of six town halls, scheduled throughout the district to open discussion with voters to express their concerns with the U.S. Congress and federal public policies being set into motion.
“Engagement with concerned voters should be the foundation of every campaign,” said Harold. “I want to give voters throughout this district an opportunity to hear my vision for our communities and our nation. At the same time, I want voters to have a free and open opportunity to ask me questions about issues that are important to them.”
Harold, from Urbana, was Miss America 2003 prior to graduating from Harvard Law School. She is an attorney with experience in commercial litigation and constitutional law. She criticized incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Champaign) because he has yet to schedule similar venues before the March 18th primary.
“It is clear that Representative Davis has to this point denied the public opportunities to evaluate us side by side in debates or to engage him directly in open, public forums on the important issues that face our communities. Republican primary voters expect and deserve accessibility and transparency from the people who want to represent them in Washington DC.”
“Representative Davis’ recent vote in favor of the budget that targeted veterans’ benefits and subsequent defense of that vote certainly will be a topic of discussion,” Harold said, “because I would have voted against that budget and would have opposed targeting the very people who have sacrificed the most.”
Other issues to be covered include: enacting Congressional term limits, reducing wasteful government spending, defending religious freedoms, healthcare, protecting Second Amendment rights, the state of the Republican Party, and foreign policy goals.
Harold said that the first six of an anticipated twelve to fifteen town halls have been scheduled. Dates, however, still are being reserved in anticipation of holding debates throughout the district.
“Now, more than ever before, the Republican Party needs candidates who are able to articulate conservative principles in a compelling and persuasive way,” Harold said, “and debates provide voters with the opportunity to compare candidates’ ability to do so.”
Two town halls are scheduled for this week: Wednesday night at the Jerseyville Court House and Thursday morning in Hardin's Barefoot Restaurant. More Information HERE.