Growing up in Central Illinois, Harold learned the value of sacrifice and hard work from her parents who weren’t politicians. Illinois is facing grave challenges with financial mismanagement and a political class looking out only for itself. That is why Harold is stepping up to take on the Madigan Way in Springfield.
“Career politicians have made it a nightmare for too many families in our state,” Harold said. “Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Attorney General because the people of Illinois deserve a state government that works for them, not the powerful.”
A practicing attorney, Harold works at Meyer Capel, one of Champaign County’s largest law firms. She received her JD from Harvard Law School.
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Erika was accepted to Harvard Law School. Lacking the necessary funds, Harold entered the Miss America competition in an attempt to earn the money for law school. She won.
As Miss America 2003, Harold became a national leader in the fight to end youth violence and bullying.
Harold serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality, and as a Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Harold is a member of Trinity International University’s Board of Regents, and serves on the national board of directors of Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners and their families, advocating for criminal justice reform.
She was also recently selected to the 2017 Emerging Lawyers list.
Harold lives in Urbana and is the doting Aunt of one niece and two nephews.