BLOOMINGTON — Erika Harold said Thursday she will not try to run to the right of incumbent Rodney Davis in the GOP primary for the 13th Congressional District, but she did stress conservative values.
The Champaign lawyer and former Miss America finished a multicity tour announcing her bid for Congress on Thursday on the steps of the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington.
Davis, of Taylorville, was chosen by district party leaders last year over Harold and other applicants to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson as the Republican nominee. Johnson won the primary and then announced his retirement.
Davis went on the defeat Bloomington Democrat Dr. David Gill in a close and costly race.
Harold said she supports traditional definitions of marriage as between one man and one woman and described herself as pro-life. Her vocal support of abstinence caused controversy in 2002 when she won the Miss America pageant.
“I’m not in any way talking about changing the party platform,” Harold said.
Harold said she hopes to run a clean, positive campaign against Davis and expressed her hope that outside interest groups don’t resort to attack ads, either.
She previously said she thinks her work with women’s and minority groups will help her broaden the party’s appeal.
Harold, a graduate of University of Illinois and Harvard Law School, works for the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign, having moved from Chicago last month.
Democrat Ann Callis, a former Madison County judge, recently announced she’s also seeking the seat.