Champaign attorney, ex-Miss America to vie for state's top law post
Erika Harold, a Champaign attorney and former Miss America, will challenge Attorney General Lisa Madigan in the 2018 general election, according to a recent press release.
“Career politicians have made it a nightmare for too many families in our state,” Harold, a Republican, said in the statement. “Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Attorney General because the people of Illinois deserve a state government that works for them, not the powerful.”
Harold grew up in Central Illinois and attended University of Illinois for her undergraduate degree. To fund her continued education at Harvard Law School, she entered the Miss America competition in 2003 and won. Since then, she has returned to Illinois to work at Meyer Capel in Champaign County and serves on the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Equality and Commission on Professionalism.
“Today in Illinois it’s nearly impossible to find opportunity and live out your dreams,” Harold said in a campaign video released with her announcement. “Instead, career politicians have made it a nightmare for too many families in our state. I want to change that.”
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