Miss America Is Running for Congress

Miss America Is Running for Congress

Former Miss America Erika Harold launches a bid for the U.S. Senate.

Published June 5, 2013

Erika Harold, a Harvard-trained lawyer and Miss America 2003, formally launched a bid for Congress on June 4. The 33-year-old is challenging a fellow Republican, incumbent Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis.

"A lot of people share conservative principles but don't vote for Republican candidates because they have a certain idea of who those people are," Harold told CBSNews.com. "I'm African-American, I'm relatively young and I'm a woman. I'm the kind of person who can defy those stereotypes and share what our party is really about."

According to CBSNews.com, Harold was a 2004 convention delegate for former President George W. Bush and the youth director for Patrick O'Malley's Republican gubernatorial bid in 2002. She considered a run last year, but the state Republican Party decided to support Davis.

"I recognize that I face an uphill battle, but it's my faith that if you believe in something and work hard it can be accomplished," she told the network.

Another former Miss America, Kentucky Democrat Heather French Henry, also is reportedly considering running for Congress to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

BET Politics - Your source for the latest news, photos and videos illuminating key issues and personalities in African-American political life, plus commentary from some of our liveliest voices. Click 
here to subscribe to our newsletter. 

Get ready for the BET Experience, featuring Beyoncé, Snoop DoggR. Kelly, Erykah BaduKendrick Lamar and many more. Go here for more details and info on how to buy ticketsRegister now to attend free film screenings, celebrity basketball games and more.

 (Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Written by Joyce Jones


Latest in news


SUN, NOV 26 8P/7C