WOMEN
10/26/2012 04:28 pm ET | Updated Oct 26, 2012

Janice Arnold-Jones, New Mexico House Candidate, On Transparency, Her Wedding & The Most Important Issue For Women

Janice Arnold-Jones, a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives from New Mexico, is a UNM graduate with a son and a daughter. According to her official website, she has lived all over the country with her husband, a retired U.S. Navy Commander. Arnold-Jones served in the House of Representatives from 2003-2011.

In anticipation of the November 6th congressional elections, HuffPost Women spoke with her about who she is, why she's running and how to get involved with her campaign.

What's your favorite quality in another person?
Honesty.

What three words best describe you?
Independent, honest and straightforward.

What's your biggest flaw?
I love to dance.

What failure are you most grateful for?
I wasn’t accepted into the United States Air Force Academy because I am a woman. At the time, it was a terrible disappointment. I am grateful that we have progressed and that my daughter did not have to deal with such arbitrary barriers.

If you weren't you, who would you be?
Benjamin Franklin.

If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
Having visited much of the world, I chose to live in the most beautiful, diverse and spiritual place of all, New Mexico.

What woman do you most look up to?
My mother.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Make the time to be prepared.

What's your joy trigger?
The “blue dark” that quietly illuminates the Rio Grande Valley just as the sun rises over the Sandia Mountains.

What is your favorite book?
"Miracle At Philadelphia" by Catherine Drinker Brown.

What is your favorite album?
Mahler: Symphony 2 and Beatles "One."

Where did you have the best meal of your life?
At the Galisteo Inn, Galisteo, NM in 1999.

What is your favorite thing you've ever worn and why?
My wedding dress. It was a great day and we have been married for 37 years.

What talent do you wish you had?
I would love to play the piano.

What quality or accomplishment do you want people to know you for?
I am grateful to be known for being an effective, honest legislator in the New Mexico Legislature from 2003 to 2011. I am known for finally bringing a webcam to Santa Fe. For that, I won the William S. Dixon First Amendment Award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. I am committed to transparency in government at every level.

Why are you running?
I am running because unlike some other members of Congress, I will read the bills. We need someone who will read the bills, take time to understand legislation and stand for principles over politics.

What is the most important issue for women in this election?
Women deserve to participate fully in society and that means having the ability to get a good education, go to college if they so choose, find a good-paying job, select good schools for their children and be able to retire with dignity. None of these will be possible if we don’t get our economy growing again. I believe in the sanctity of life, but Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.

How can readers get involved in your campaign?
They can visit my website at Janice2012.us or call us at 505-797-­8030. From the website, readers can sign up to volunteer, donate or request a yard sign. One of the things I am most proud of is the large number of volunteers who have signed up to help on my campaign. They are truly “grassroots.”

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