STATEWIDE — Two Democratic women are fighting for the chance to challenge Republican Congressman John Carter this fall. MJ Hegar and Christine Eady Mann are battling it out in a runoff election for their party's nomination.  

Though Rep. Carter has held the position since 2003, the two candidates are hoping Democratic momentum in 2018 could lead one of them to victory in a traditionally Republican stronghold. 

"I think that I am uniquely qualified to not only be a successful candidate in November, I match this district very well," Hegar said. 

Hegar is a Central Texas native who served three tours in Afghanistan in the Air National Guard. After fighting in combat, Hegar lobbied in Washington for women in the military. 

"So many people in my district are veterans, and friends and family of veterans, I understand the importance of things like the state department and our allies and national security," Hegar said. 

Meanwhile, Hegar's Democratic challenger, Dr. Christine Eady Mann, wants to bring her medical know-how to the Nation's Capital. 

"Putting a doctor in the House, that's going to appeal to a lot of voters in November," Mann said. 

Mann is a family physician from Cedar Park who's had past experience with progressive political groups.

She says Congress needs more people like her who have scientific backgrounds. 

"I've worked for candidates in the past, I've studied policy, this is not new for me. And I am fired up and I'm ready to go," Mann said. 

Early voting for the runoff election takes place from May 14 through the 18. Runoff election day is May 22.