Anna Paulina Luna is a strong independent leader, earning her stripes by serving her country, not by serving herself. Raised by a single mother in Southern California's low-income neighborhoods, Anna learned that she must work hard and be independent to succeed.
Although never married, Anna's mother and father separated when she was very young. Anna's father suffered from severe drug addiction and, early on, had asked her mother to have an abortion. But Anna's mother chose life.
As a result, Anna and her mother were on their own. During Anna's childhood and teen years, her father struggled and spent time in and out of incarceration. Most of how her communication with him during these times was through letters to jail and collect calls. Her grandmother died of HIV/AIDS contracted from heroin use.
By age nine, Anna had experienced an armed robbery and survived. While Anna was on campus at one of the six high schools she attended, a fatal gang shooting occurred. Her young cousin was murdered while Anna was a teenager. And as a young adult, Anna was the victim of a home invasion.
These types of stories are all too common in America's low-income, inner-city communities, like where Anna grew up.
Anna's way out was joining the military. While serving in the United States Air Force, Anna met her husband, Andy. He is a Bronze Star recipient who earned a Purple Heart when enemy combatants shot him in Afghanistan. After recovering, Andy redeployed to fight ISIS in the Middle East.
After his injury, Anna and Andy became involved with several veteran-focused and veteran-led non-profit organizations, including one whose mission is to end child trafficking through rescue and recovery operations.
As she became more deeply involved in that work, Anna began to use her social media platform to speak out against the problem of human and child trafficking across the southern border. And she was shocked to be immediately be attacked as a racist and called "white-washed" due to her light skin - despite being a 2nd generation American and a descendent of Mexican immigrants on her mother and father's side.
She resolved to speak out even more about the humanitarian crisis enabled by porous borders. And people began to take notice.
Just as Anna was to begin medical school, Charlie Kirk reached out and asked her to join Turning Point U.S.A as the National Director of Hispanic Engagement. Faced with a tough choice, Anna consulted with one of her mentors, a neurosurgeon, who counseled her that she would impact far more people's lives for the better by shaping legislation than she could in an entire career as a physician. And so, she chose to begin her career as an advocate.
As her profile rose, Anna was somewhat surprised that the elitists who run most of America's big media outright refused to let her share her right-leaning views on border security, the failings of the welfare system, and many other issues. She was particularly shocked at their treatment of her as a mixed-race minority herself.
That was Anna's "aha" moment.
Anna decided to run for Congress because she recognized that the media had to cover what was going on in Capitol Hill. As someone who has lived experience with the problems that plague many of America's communities, especially low-income and minority ones, Anna is committed to showing people that there is another way and that big government is primarily the problem, not the solution.
Anna believes the far-left wing that now controls Congress, along with its elitist media enablers, does not truly value Americans – impoverished minorities – for anything more than their votes.
As a mixed-race female who fought her way out of poverty by joining the United States military, Anna developed her political beliefs due to her own lived experience.
Anna knows the leftist power structures will stop at nothing to keep someone who looks like her and grew up as she did from being able to impact public policy if they have right-leaning beliefs. And Anna knows that it is because she can directly contradict their false narratives about far-left ideologies like open borders, defund the police, government dependency, and overtaxing/overregulating being helpful to people trapped in communities like where she grew up.
Nobody is hurt more by these types of radical policies than the tens of millions of poor and often minority Americans trapped in inner-city cycles of poverty and violence perpetuated by decades of failed big-government policies.
Anna learned that the hard way – through her lived experience.
Anna is running for Congress because she wants to enact reforms to create real solutions for these types of real-world problems. She will fight every day against the elitist political establishment that has for far too long left average Americans behind.