Elizabeth Heng: The daughter of refugees and former D.C. staffer now challenges Costa

When the recession hit and Elizabeth Heng became frustrated with the web of government regulations facing her small business franchise, she bought a one-way ticket to Washington, D.C., where she had no place to stay and knew no one in politics.

“I thought to myself, ‘Who in the world is running this country?'” she said. “I didn’t have a place to stay, so I stayed with an acquaintance from college and knocked on doors at Capitol Hill dropping off my resume. I thought I’d only be there for one year, but I learned it takes a long time to get legislation across the finish line.”