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URBANA — Add Erika Harold’s name to the list of locals choosing not to run for the soon-to-be-vacant 15th Congressional District seat.

Harold campaign spokesman Jason Heffley told News-Gazette Media on Tuesday that the Urbana Republican, who ran for office in 2014 and 2018, will stay out of the 2020 election cycle.

Her name had surfaced as a possible candidate following 12-term U.S. Rep. John Shimkus’ recent revelation that he wouldn’t run for re-election next year.

In announcing last week that he also wouldn’t run for the Collinsville Republican’s seat, state Rep. Mike Marron, R-Fithian, said he’d heard two names more than any others as possibilities — Harold and state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville.

“Those are the two big ones,” Marron said.

Harold, an attorney at Meyer Capel and the 2003 Miss America, ran for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 (losing in the primary to incumbent Rodney Davis) and Illinois attorney general in 2018 (losing to Democrat Kwame Raoul).

She’s just the latest potential candidate to declare their intentions, joining Marron and state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, in the “no” camp.

Those who do plan to run to represent the district that includes all or part of Champaign, Douglas, Ford and Vermilion counties: Republican Alex Walker of Mattoon and Democrats John Hursey of Collinsville and Kevin Gaither of Charleston.