In the newly-shaped Congressional District 10, a familiar name is facing off against a political newcomer to represent the district’s constituents in Washington D.C.
Republican incumbent Michael McCaul is established in Congress, serving his constituents since 2005.
"Whether you disagree or agree with my philosophy I think most importantly people know where I am coming from, and they know what they are getting with me," Rep. McCaul said.
In Congress, Rep. McCaul holds a senior position on the Homeland Security Committee and hopes to pursue the chairmanship of the full committee if reelected.
"What I am hearing more and more from people in our district is that they want us to get something done,” he said. “I am very hopeful that after this election, we get past it, that we will see some results from the elections such that we can work together across the aisle so we can get things done for the American people."
His Democratic opponent, Tawana Cadien, hopes to break into Congress as a newcomer to politics.
“My goal is to truly represent District 10 and what is needed in our district," she said.
Cadien comes from the world of health care, having worked as a registered nurse with various nonprofits.
If elected, she says her first priority would be jobs and the economy.
"Offering incentives for those companies that are going to hire within the United States,” she said. “That is a big deal because along with jobs comes more spending that helps the entire economy."
Throughout her campaign, Cadien has utilized the town-hall meeting format, using them as an opportunity to meet face-to-face with voters.
"I am not afraid to walk across the aisle, I am not afraid to speak to people and represent people who don’t always have the same beliefs as me,” she said.