After a whirlwind day of canvassing voters and donors, Rochelle Garza ended a recent evening at Sokol Dallas, a Czech heritage center, where more than a thousand locals came for a fish fry dinner and to quench their curiosity about the Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general.

With Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” blaring from loudspeakers, Garza introduced herself as a Rio Grande Valley native and the daughter of public school teachers.

“My parents taught me to work really hard and to respect every person, that everyone is deserving of dignity and respect,” Garza said. “And right now we have someone in the attorney general’s office who does not care about people, who does not care about our families.”

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Correction, Oct. 3, 2022: An earlier version of the original story published at The Texas Tribune incorrectly said Rochelle Garza would be the first Latina to win statewide office if she wins her attorney general race. Eva Guzman, a Latina woman, was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 2010.