McALLEN – Running on a conservative approach to environmental issues, fiscal policy and education, local educator Jane Cross has confirmed she will seeking a spot for Congress.

Cross will be running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes in the Democratic Primary next year. Hinojosa will be vying for his ninth term in office.

"I do think that people need to have a change. I have the energy. Ruben (Hinojosa) has done a good job, but I think he's getting to retire next year, and I think maybe we should just help him retire. I know it's going to be a tough job because he's entrenched, but I'm not a career politician," Cross said at an event organized by the Hidalgo County Democratic Party meant for candidates to file for office.

"I have been in the Valley for years and years, and I am ready to represent District 15. I know a major part of it is here in the Valley. I do speak Spanish. I am ready to serve the people," she said.

Cross, a part-time instructor at the University of Texas Pan-American, also teaches communications at South Texas College.

"I know about education. I think we need to be conservative. We need to be conservative about the environment. We need to conservative fiscally. We need to conservative educationally. We need discipline in all three of those," Cross said. "We are not having the discipline. Believe me, I've learned the hard way to have discipline. I'm disciplined economically, because I have been where I have not been able to pay myself, but I pay my employees."