A former Miss America has announced that she is going to run for Congress.
Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, is a Harvard-educated lawyer, and is planning to contest Illinois' 13th Congressional District seat in the Republican primary. She is going against first-term incumbent Rodney Davis.
Davis barely won when he was up against Democrat David Gill.
"Davis, who holds a part of Abraham Lincoln's old district and the state capital of Springfield - is considered one of the best pickup opportunities in 2014 for Democrats. After all, he had the narrowest margin of victory last cycle for any successful Republican," a report said.
In November 2014, Republicans will decide whether Davis or Harold will be a stronger GOP standard bearer.
Harold has moved back to her hometown of Urbana to prepare for her run, and is working for Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign. She is also planning on making appearances in central Illinois this week, starting with Urbana High School.
"I've been blessed to have had some incredible opportunities in my life," she said. "But I learned that our lives are defined not by the titles we earn but, rather, by the service we render, and at each point in my life, I've sought to serve."
"Whether it was by defending religious liberties as an attorney, preventing youth violence and bullying as Miss America, or doing prison ministry as a volunteer. I'm not seeking to continue that service by running to represent Illinois' 13th District."
"I'll advocate for fiscal responsibility, work to safeguard our constitutional liberties, and promote our district's agricultural and educational interests."