Published: Feb 07, 2014 5:35 PM EST
Updated: Feb 07, 2014 6:19 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto said she is passionate beyond words, to run for Congress and win the seat, vacated by Trey Radel. He resigned after his cocaine conviction. Republican Benacquisto vows to out-work her opponents.

"I probably will be out-spent in the campaign, but nobody will knock on more doors or make more phone calls than our campaign. I am very passionate to talk with people and hear their concerns. I want them to know they can trust me, I have a record of accomplishing what is promised," said Benacquisto.

She says her family encouraged her to run, and that she never felt she would bow out of the race, during the weeks in which she was getting feedback from neighbors and other citizens of Southwest Florida.

"The critical issues are so many: repealing Obamacare, dealing with flood insurance, keeping the federal government out of our education system. Then there are local issues, like water quality. I am humbled to offer my name as a candidate, I believe I can make a difference," Benacquisto tells WINK News.

She faces former state law-maker Paige Kreegel and retired business executive Curt Clawson, among others,  in running for the vacant seat in District 19, which covers coastal Collier and Lee counties.

The primary election is April 22.