10/19/2012 07:46 am ET

Shelli Yoder, House Candidate From Indiana, On Her Joy Trigger, Working Parents And The Middle Class

Shelli Yoder, a healthcare and business management professional, is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana. She lives in Bloomington with her husband and three young children. According to her website, she is a former Miss Indiana and has a masters degree in Divinity from Vanderbilt University.

In anticipation of the November 6 congressional elections, HuffPost Women caught up 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?
Confidence without arrogance.

What three words best describe you?
Curious, undeterred, genuine.

What's your biggest flaw?
I sometimes get a little obsessed with perfection.

What failure are you most grateful for?
Failure to conform.

If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
Anywhere my husband and three children are.

What woman do you most look up to?
My mom, her sister, and my grandmothers are my most consistent and inspirational teachers.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change.

What's your joy trigger?
Junior Mints.

What is your favorite book?
Anne Lamott's "Traveling Mercies."

What is your favorite album?
Shawn Colvin's "A Few Small Repairs."

Where did you have the best meal of your life?
Saturday morning breakfast at Toast on Market in New Albany, IN (toasted brioche and farm-fresh eggs over light with homemade harrissa hot sauce).

What is your favorite thing you've ever worn and why?
Blue jeans and a white v-neck t-shirt because they are timeless and comfortable.

What talent you wish you had?
Master of the mandolin.

What quality or accomplishment do you want people to know you for?
Helping other people find success.

What makes you feel the most free?
Riding my bicycle along Indiana's backroads.

Why are you running?
Because the interests of working moms and dads and the middle class are not being represented by the current Congressman.

What is the most important issue for women in this election?
Equal, unfettered access to healthcare.

How can readers get involved in your campaign?
Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Donate at ActBlue, Check out the website and share with friends and family.