10/18/2012 05:55 pm ET

Linda Mrosko, House Candidate From Texas, On 'Common Sense,' Musicals And Why We Need More Women In Congress

Linda Mrosko, a legal assistant and Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, was named a 2012 Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relationships among people of the world." She works as a legal assistant and according to her website, she also teaches contra dancing in various parts of Texas.

In anticipation of the November 6 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?

What three words best describe you?
Energetic, methodical, independent.

What's your biggest flaw?

What failure are you most grateful for?
Having been married once in my life.

If you weren't you, who would you be?
Hmm ... a cheerful miracle worker?

If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
A comfortable, energy efficient cabin with lots of windows on a quiet lane with woodlands on one side and an open pasture with a pond on the other in a moderate temperature zone, within 15-20 minutes of a small town or small city.

What woman do you most look up to?
A wise woman who has good old-fashioned common sense, who is outgoing, compassionate, empathetic, prescient, cheerful, and loving because she’s been through tough times and learned from them, and makes life-long friends everywhere she goes.

What advice do you live by?
“If you do not raise your eyes, you will think you are the highest point.”

What's your joy trigger?
Gosh, lots of little and big things trigger joy in me. Receiving praise for a successful job well done; sharing uncontrollable giggles with just about anybody over just about anything; finding money I didn’t know I had, especially if I’m out of money and need something; the sun coming out after a good, soaking rain; the smell of the woodlands after that rain; hearing an owl; a friend treating me to lunch for my birthday; arriving safely home after a long trip; teaching beginner dancers how to dance the dance and be on time to the music; listening to music played passionately; something I planted a year ago growing in the garden again; one of my cats licking me because they appear to like me; the first hummingbird of the season; a good night’s sleep; etc., etc.

What is your favorite book?
"Dune" by Frank Herbert.

What is your favorite album?
"Man of La Mancha" or "Jesus Christ Superstar" or "West Side Story" -- hard to chose...

Where did you have the best meal of your life?
Mom’s dinner table.

What is your favorite thing you've ever worn and why?
Mom made all my clothes as I grew up, then we had a terrible fight and I told her I hated everything she ever made for me. So she stopped sewing and I started buying. After about 20-25 years, she made me a “costume” for a civil war ball. Then she made me another ... and another. I cherish her talent now and love the hard work, inspiration, and love she put into everything she ever made for me.

What talent do you wish you had?
To play a fiddle really well.

What quality or accomplishment do you want people to know you for?

What makes you feel the most free?
Leaving work and going home.

Why are you running?
Because I believe that what we do here matters. Because I believe we need fairer representation in government, including more women representing issues that are important to women, their children, the elderly, the disabled, and Veterans. Because I believe no one should go unfed, without healthcare, without the opportunity for quality, affordable and accessible education, or homeless. Because I believe our government is capable of building an economy that strengthens the middle class, allows the poor to live with dignity, and allows small businesses to thrive. Because I believe tax breaks do not create jobs. Because I believe I will present issues of interest to my district while my opponent will not. Because I believe I would also offer better relations with the White House than my opponent ever could. Because I believe I am an honest decision-maker who will work hard and take all of my constituents into account.

What is the most important issue for women in this election?
A living wage or better and respect.

How can readers get involved in your campaign?
The campaign is almost over. I haven’t had much money to run with, but I haven’t had to take out a loan, and I’ve been able to meet my day-to-day expenses. I haven’t been able to afford VAN (the on-line voter file) ($700) or Robo-calls or signs or any advertising, so any donations are appreciated. Other than that, encouraging words always help. My website is www.LindaforCongress2012.com and my email address is LindaforCongress2012@gmail.com.