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Erika Harold, Former Miss America, Wants U.S. House Seat

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Erika Harold announced today that she was “exploring the possibility” to be a Republican candidate for Congress in the new 13th Congressional District. Harold, who won Miss America in 2003, currently works as a lawyer in Chicago.

The New Gazette reports that U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson decided not to return to return to congress. Harold said that once the seat opened up she started receiving calls from people urging her to run.

Harold said:

I am completely humbled and honored… I understand what an awesome responsibility it is to represent people‚Äôs interests and to be their advocate in Washington, D.C. I have spoken with some county chairmen. This is not a decision that I take lightly. I would consider it an incredible honor and privilege to represent the area in which I grew up. I will be assessing in my own heart whether I felt that I was the best person to represent the 13th District. If I did I would likely put my name forth.”

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Harold is best known for her wearing the Miss America sash but she won’t be running on good looks alone to get the House seat. Harold received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She now practices civil litigation and is on the board of directors of Prison Fellowship ministries. Harold said that her work with the Prison Fellowship ministries, which was founded by Chuck Colson, stems from her Miss America anti-bullying platform.

Harold said:

“It is an outreach to children of incarcerated people. They’re often a stigmatized population and especially with the work that I’ve done to help prevent bullying, being able to reach out to these kids who are very much on the margins and don’t have a parent there to provide guidance, that’s something I’m really passionate about.”

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8 Responses to “Erika Harold, Former Miss America, Wants U.S. House Seat”

  1. Ed Rodriguez

    These are all fake Republicans trying to infiltrate the GOP. Don't vote for them unless you check their background and their voting records.

  2. Danielle Coney Short

    Uh…the picture down below is NOT Erika Harold! It is a former Miss Tennessee USA who became Miss USA! I forgot her name but they are not the same person! I guess all black people look the same.

  3. Danielle Coney Short

    If you click on the article, there's a picture of a former Miss USA's state crown pic from when she was Miss Tennessee USA. It's the Miss USA that tripped at Miss Universe in Evening Wear.

  4. Caryn Hartsock Brady

    Rachael something…. Seriously how hard is it to fact check a stupid photo???? Not to mention the fact that they look absolutely NOTHING like one another!!