Heather Beaven, a Democrat and former Navy cryptologist running for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida, was selected by President Bill Clinton as one of the first 10 females to serve on a combat-ready naval vessel.
In anticipation of the November 6 congressional elections, HuffPost Women talked to 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?
What three words best describe you?
Saved, flawed, hopeful.
What's your biggest flaw?
People refer to me as "relentless"... I don't think that is always a compliment.
What failure are you most grateful for?
All of them... every single one.
If you weren't you, who would you be?
I'm still trying to figure out how to be the best me so I really can't worry about being someone else.
If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
If you're lucky enough to live at the beach; you're lucky enough!
What woman do you most look up to?
Hillary Clinton, Ann Richards, Lilly Ledbetter, Margaret Thatcher, and Nanci Whitley (mom).
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
You don't have the right to live on this Earth and not give back (my mom).
What's your joy trigger?
Warm sunny days, convertible top down, music blaring.
What is your favorite album?
Robert Hutto and Michael McCloud...Key West local celebs!
Where did you have the best meal of your life?
Sunday Pot Roast by mom and Mexican night by Douglas (my husband).
What is your favorite thing you've ever worn and why?
Scuba tanks, motorcycle helmet and my dress whites ... freedom, adventure and honor!
What talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could sing...like stand on stage and win "The Voice" kind of sing.
What quality or accomplishment do you want people to know you for?
Honesty and helpfulness.
What makes you feel the most free?
Why are you running?
Because the window of opportunity to lead the world in the 21st century is closing and Americans deserve a Congress that is laser-beam focused on making sure we are safe, prosperous and competitive in the new global economy.
What is the most important issue for women in this election?
Instead of moving the conversation forward on our jobs, our home values, our childrens' education and our financial stability...Congress wants to relitigate hard won battles over our safety and our privacy. Even my own opponent called Pell Grants and the Violence Against Women Act unconstitutional. That should cause everyone to be outraged.
How can readers get involved in your campaign?
www.heatherbeaven.com ... donate, volunteer, like, follow.