Miss America Winner Erika Harold Runs for Congress in Illinois in 201 [VIDEO]
Former Miss America winner Erika Harold announced on Tuesday that she will officially be running for Congress in 2014.
A native of Champaign, Ill., Harold is running for the state's 13th congressional district against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a fellow Republican. Harold was under consideration for the position in 2012 but the GOP ultimately decided on Davis as their candidate.
Harold remains hopeful that her 2003 Miss America win will at least help her get some press for her candidacy.
"Hopefully it's a thing that gets someone's attention, but then they will see that I graduated from Harvard Law School," she told ABC News in 2012, "and in a wide variety of ways am qualified to be in Congress."
Harold released her first campaign video via YouTube on Monday. In the clip she explains that "our lives are defined not by the titles we earn but rather by the service we render."
To prove her case for how she can properly serve the people, she lists some her past endeavors, including defending religious liberties as an attorney, preventing youth violence and bullying as Miss America and doing prison ministry as a volunteer.
She asserted that she will take on her role as member of Congress as an opportunity to serve.
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Harold anticipates being able to change perceptions of what a Republican candidate is and looks like.
"A lot of people share conservative principles but don't vote for Republican candidates because they have a certain idea of who those people are," Harold told CBS News in an interview on Monday, "I'm African-American, I'm relatively young and I'm a woman. I'm the kind of person who can defy those stereotypes and share what our party is really about."
In a statement on Tuesday, Harold concluded, "My focus has been and will continue to be on working hard in Washington and in Illinois for the families of the 13th district."