News-Gazette endorses Erika Harold for Illinois Attorney General
The News-Gazette has thrown their support behind Erika Harold in the race for Illinois Attorney General.
The publication endorsed Harold for the position in an Oct. 2 editorial.
“Harold is best known as a former Miss America. But she is much more than that, a capable, independent and fair-minded person who is emphasizing a variety of important issues," the News-Gazette editorial board wrote. "They include fighting public corruption, promoting criminal justice reform, stepping up government accountability and transparency and taking on the troubling opioid crisis.”
Harold has also emphasized a nonpartisan approach and a desire to guard the rights of all citizens while her opponent, Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul, does not adequately address current issues, the board stated.
“The right to get an abortion and participate in a same-sex marriage are federally guaranteed constitutional rights that are not subject to either a popular vote or veto by any public official," it stated. "Raoul appears to recognize that reality. But he insists he should be elected attorney general to protect those rights in the event they might come under legal assault sometime in the future.”
Because of these reasons, the editorial board stated it believes that Harold is the best person to serve as the state's attorney general.
“Illinoisans would be best served by a candidate who'll address current problems and issues," the editorial stated. "That candidate is, unquestionably, Harold.”