Candace Valenzuela is one of the most inspiring candidates in the current election cycle. She won her primary in Texas on Tuesday.

Please watch her campaign commercial, in which she describes her difficult childhood, when she was homeless. What saved her was that she always had a “home” at school, where her teachers encouraged her. She went on to finish high school and college, to run for and win a seat on the local school board, and is now likely to become the first Afro-Latina in Congress if she wins in November.

If she makes it, she and Jamaal Bowman will be powerful and well-informed voices for public schools in Congress.