Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – You don’t often hear of a primary challenge for a Congressional incumbent.

But, there is one in central Illinois this year.

Champaign native Erika Harold is taking on Taylorville’s Rodney Davis for the 13th District Republican nomination.

Harold made a campaign stop in Edwardsville, Saturday morning, and said she has a different idea of what it means to be a Republican, “There are so many in our party who are not using their platform to first of all speak the truth about conservative principles, but also to be taking those principles to young people, to minority communities, to women, and saying these are the principles that unite us all.”

Harold was joined by political talk show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain during the Metro-East stop.

Cain challenged the attendees to stay informed, stay involved, and stay inspired during this 2014 election cycle.

He explained why he’s endorsing Erika Harold, “She’s going to focus on the economy in terms of pushing for major tax replacement. That’s right down my alley in terms of what I was promoting. She’s also a big supporter of moving toward energy independence.”

Harold, a Harvard law graduate and Miss America 2003, says she’s not afraid to stand up for what matters most, “I have a background in Constitutional law and hope to use that, combined with the fact that I’m not the traditional Republican in terms of demographic profile, to be able to have a new conversation about returning our government to Constitutional principles.”

Illinois’ primary election date is March 18th.


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