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Former Miss America announces candidacy for Illinois attorney general

Former Miss America will run for Illinois attorney general

Former Miss America winner Erika Harold will seek to run as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
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Former Miss America winner Erika Harold will seek to run as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

A former Miss America on Tuesday announced her candidacy for Illinois attorney general.

Erika Harold lives in Urbana and works as an attorney for Meyer Capel, a large law firm in Champaign County, according to a campaign release. She plans to seek the Republican nomination to run for attorney general in 2018.

In her words, Harold is “stepping up to take on the Madigan way in Springfield.” Madigan, a Democrat, has been attorney general since 2003.

Harold became Miss America in 2003 after entering in an effort to finance her education at Harvard Law School. After being crowned, she worked “to end youth violence and bullying,” according to her campaign.

“Career politicians have made it a nightmare for too many families in our state,” Harold said in the release. “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.”

Recently making it onto the 2017 Emerging Lawyers list, Harold stated she is running for attorney general to end state-level financial mismanagement.

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In this March 18, 2014, file photo, Erika Harold, Republican primary candidate for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois, talks to supporters in Champaign, Ill. Harold, a lawyer who is a former Miss America, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, announced plans for a Republican bid to challenge four-term Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan in 2018. John Dixon AP

According to her campaign, Harold serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality, is a commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, is a member of the Trinity International University’s Board of Regents and serves on the national board of directors of the Prison Fellowship.

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