It's official: Harold enters 2014 congressional campaign

It's official: Harold enters 2014 congressional campaign

WASHINGTON — Urbana Republican Erika Harold is officially a candidate in the 13th Congressional District.

The Federal Election Commission reported Monday that the 33-year-old Urbana attorney had filed a statement of organization form that was received on June 12. The "Erika for Congress" committee has an Urbana post office box address. Its campaign treasurer is D. Scott Reichard of Urbana, chairman of Benefit Planning Consultants of Champaign.

For now, the campaign reports no money on hand.

Harold is the second woman to file as a candidate in the 13th District, which includes Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Springfield, and parts of Bloomington-Normal. It also stretches down to the Illinois suburbs of metropolitan St. Louis, including Collinsville and Edwardsville.

Ann Callis, a former chief judge in Madison County, has filed as a Democratic candidate.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is listed at the FEC as a candidate for re-election, although he has not made a formal announcement.

"We've already begun raising money, and we are planning for the 2014 election," Davis spokesman Andrew Flach said.

Davis, as of March 31, had almost $335,000 in his campaign fund.

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GOP Dance Party wrote on June 18, 2013 at 7:06 am

This is interesting. 

First you have unemployed Tim Johnson staffers surrounding Erika. 

Then you have her get a job all the sudden at Republican and politically connected Meyer Capel law firm. 

Now her campaign treasurer is connected to BPC, the CEO of which is the Champaign GOP. 

Still think she's an outsider?

Next are we going to see she hired Results Plus too?

wayward wrote on June 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

I'm starting to think there could be a reality show based on local politics -- how about "Real Politicians of C-U?"

kyedpa5 wrote on June 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

Clearly, she has people helping her that are politically connected, but its all about relativity.  She's from Urbana and she has Champaign county figures helping her, but who does Davis have?  28 sitting Illinois legislators, members of congress, the RNC.  Whose more of an insider here?  Also, lets not forget that Tim Johnson was the least party line voting Congressional Republican from Illinois, and couldn't even get the GOP county chairs to select his obvious choice, Harold, in 2012.  A true fixture of the establishment would have had his pick get the nomination with no questions asked. Yes, she has people with political experience helping her, but you're creating the classic absolutist "who's truly punk rock" argument.  

GOP Dance Party wrote on June 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

You miss the point. It isn't a question of which insiders are stronger. The fact Erika has no campaign outside the core of Champaign-Urbana makes that clear. Her national media tour is over though I imagine she will keep getting 5 or so articles a week from the Champaign Harold-Gazette here. 

The point is that this isn't and insider vs outsider campaign. It's a campaign between warring insiders that will spill over into every race into this county because Erika's people decided to start a knife fight. And they picked one with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives. 

This whole mythology of Erika isn't anything more than spin by Tim Johnson because he didn't get his way. It's the worst kind of politics perpetrated by the last vestige of George Ryan Republicans that run the local GOP and populate township offices in Rantoul. It's their "My Republican" or we back the Democrat crowd. For instance, ask how they helped Meister. 

Erika has talent and has promise. Its a shame she is wasting it by doing a suicide run for Tim Johnson. 

kyedpa5 wrote on June 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

What does Robert Meister have to do with this?  This sounds like a rambling rant.

johnny wrote on June 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

It's spot on if you keep up with Champaign County Republicans.  It's rambling if you don't and assume they tend to support Republicans.

johnny wrote on June 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

You mean his obvious second choice.

Trapper wrote on June 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

If Erika really wants to help CU why doesnt she run for Mayor of Champaign and replace the newest waste of a mayor in charge. She may stand of chance of winning that one and she may even help CU at the same time. A total waste of time and money.

GOP Dance Party wrote on June 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Heh, how many Republicans are going to get in that race? Here is the list of people in or rumored to get in. 

Karen Foster

Deb Feinen

Joe Petry

John Bambeneck

Adding Erika Harold to that list ensures Gerard gets another term. 

johnny wrote on June 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

This assumes:

1. Gerard wants a second term.
2. Gerard is still eligible for a second term.