With seven people running for Rep. Will Hurd's seat in the 23rd Congressional District, Dr. Alma Arredondo-Lynch visited Fort Stockton last weekend to introduce herself to the community.
She is one of three Republican candidates, all of which have visited Fort Stockton.
There are also four Democratic candidates running for the position.
Arredondo-Lynch is originally from Uvalde, Texas in a farming and ranching town as an eighth generation Texan.
As the oldest of 10 children she was a migrant farm worker and was able to graduate high school while working the various fields between Texas and California.
She went to college at Pan American University which is now known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
She was pre-med, studying secondary education, chemistry and biology.
After she received her bachelor of science she met her husband who was a special agent with U.S. Customs.
They lived everywhere along the border from McAllen to El Paso.
“I know the culture, I understand the pulse of the border,” said Arredondo-Lynch.
The couple had kids and then she went off to dental school in Houston while her husband was sent to El Paso.
After graduating dental school she went to be with her husband where during a messy case he sent three high profile people to prison and the family moved to Washington state for safety.
During that time Arredondo-Lynch worked for the Navy as a civilian dentist helping to keep the soldiers ready to deploy at anytime with no teeth emergencies.
Once her mom was sick and her dad was diagnosed with cancer they came back to Texas settling in San Antonio.
She opened up her own practice 14 years ago and after her husband passed away in 2008 she decided to get into politics.
Her husband wanted her to lay low and once he passed she felt she had honored his wishes.
She started writing editorials, helping to vet candidates, recommending who people should vote for.
She served as Precinct Chair for the Republican Party for several places including Uvalde and Zapata.
This will be the second time Arredondo-Lynch has run for the seat, the first time being in 2017 after Hurd sided with Democrats and would sway from one side to the other, she said.
“I was very disappointed,” said Arredondo-Lynch. “Somebody needed to step up.”
She said this time she has better recognition and wants people to back her conservative values.
“We have a president who is not getting support,” she said. “I believe he needs strong leaders.”
Arredondo-Lynch believes in building a border wall, support for law enforcement and veterans and is pro-life.
“I believe its time a woman goes to congress,” she said.
She said that she will not flow with the current, she wants to make ripples and then waves.
“I am the daughter of the village,” said Arredondo-Lynch. “ I am very approachable.”
For more information on this candidate visit dralmaforcongress.com.