A former Miss America is looking to unseat a 16-year incumbent of U.S. Congress in her home state of Alabama.
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013, is considering running for the congressional seat for Alabama’s 3rd District. Hagan would be running as a Democrat, challenging Republican U.S. Rep Mike Rogers.
“My whole life I have been standing up for others. From defending grade-school friends on the playground when I was a little girl to lobbying nationally for children in our Child Advocacy Centers as an adult, I have always been a strong and passionate voice for others. It is second nature to me,” Hagan said in a statement.
The former Miss America was the subject of several controversial and vulgar emails between the organization’s board of directors and staff. Hagan was one of hundreds with past involvement with the Miss America Organization who called for the resignation of former Executive Director and CEO Sam Haskell and the board of directors. Haskell, who made direct attacks on Hagan’s career, personal life and appearance, resigned in December.
Hagan, who currently is an evening co-anchor at NBC affiliate WLTZ in Columbus, Georgia, stated her campaign platforms include better education, jobs, fair wages, gender equality, access to affordable healthcare and a focus on environmental issues.
The candidate filing deadline in Alabama is Feb. 9. All 435 seats in Congress will be up for election Nov. 6.
As of Wednesday, her campaign account on the political crowdfunding website CrowdPAC.com had surpassed a $10,000 campaigning goal.