Illinois Attorney General 2018

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/The News-Gazette via AP)

John Dixon

URBANA (AP) — A lawyer who is a former Miss America says she's running for Illinois attorney general.

Erika Harold of Urbana on Tuesday announced plans for a Republican bid to challenge four-term Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan in 2018.

Harold works as an attorney with the Meyer Capel law firm. The 37-year-old says in a statement that career politicians have "made it a nightmare for too many families in our state" and that Illinois needs a government that "works for them, not the powerful."

Harold serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality and is a commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She was the 2003 Miss America and in 2014 lost a GOP primary challenge for a U.S. House seat in south-central Illinois.

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