Four republican candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Congressmen Tim Johnson each think they have the necessary experience and know-how to run a successful campaign against Democratic candidate David Gill.
The four candidates took part in a forum held by the Sangamon County Republican Party. Sangamon County Chairman Rosemarie Long says that her decision will be influenced by area precinct committeemen but things could change before the 14 various county chairmen in the 13th district get together for a vote May 19th.
The four running for Johnson’s seat include former Johnson chief of staff Jerry Clarke, Congressman John Shimkus aid Rodney Davis, Chicago lawyer and winner of Miss America 2003 Erika Harold and small business owner and conservative activist Kathy Wassink.
One candidate says a woman should be the choice of county chairman in the 13th congressional district.
Erika Harold, a Chicago lawyer and Miss America 2003, says with the so-called “war on women” being discussed on the airwaves, having a women run for the spot in the November general election will help the GOP get their message out of women empowerment.
Harold and Kathy Wassink are the only two women being considered to fill the spot being vacated by Tim Johnson.