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Erika Harold wants your vote to be the next Attorney General of Illinois’ but long before she was on the ballot, she was on stage being crowned Miss America 2003.

Harold is currently the GOP candidate to be Attorney General of Illinois. She will face off against Democratic candidate Kwame Rauol during the November general elections. The incumbent, Lisa Madigan, is not running for re-election after serving four terms.

Erika Harold competed in pageants within Miss America Organization to fund her attendance at Harvard Law School. She represented Illinois. During her time, Harold served on a platform of combating bullying, based on experiences she herself had had growing up. She also adopted a second platform advocating for sexual abstinence.

Harold attended Harvard Law School and went on to work as an attorney for several litigation firms. You can learn more about her in this Medium interview she did titled, 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before Running for Attorney General, where she discusses why she chose to compete for Miss America, her work with students who have been bullied, and why we need more women in Congress.

“It is important that more women run for office because women are underrepresented in state and federal government. The recent #MeToo movement and focus on sexual harassment in the workplace has demonstrated the need for ensuring that women’s unique voices and perspectives are reflected in political and governmental leadership.” She said.

Key issues of her campaign include fighting public corruption, reforming the criminal justice system, and advocating for government accountability and transparency. She is also passionate about fighting opioids. Harold says that she will “ensure that Illinois is a part of multi state, bipartisan investigations of the marketing and distribution of opioid painkillers to determine whether deceptive practices are being employed.”

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She has also expressed a commitment to “advocate for enhanced use of diversion programs and drug courts for those arrested for opioid use and will highlight the need for additional treatment resources to aid those battling opioid use disorder.”

Along the campaign trail, she’s also made time to talk to young girls, such as those at Girls State. “I told them their perspectives matter, their voice is needed and they should embrace the opportunity to prove (doubters) wrong,” she told the News-Gazette.

Currently, Raoul is polling slightly ahead of Harold. If you’re inclined, consider volunteering to help elect a strong conservative woman to office.

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