Teresa Gallegos grew up in rural Virginia in a minimum-wage, single-mother household. Her family depended on Medicaid, WIC, food stamps, and free school lunches to make ends meet. Teresa had the strength and resiliency to continue her education as a first-generation college student, earning her Bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech. She has a first-hand understanding of the reality many Arkansans face every day for survival, and the innate desire and drive to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. Teresa is ready to listen, observe, and work to make fair decisions for the good of everyone in our community, not a select few.