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Dorcas Hernandez Asked God to Take Her to the ‘Great Nation of the United States,’ Now She’s Running for Office

Dorcas Hernández escaped death at the hands of Peru’s vicious Shining Path, who wanted to assassinate her father. Hernandez was twelve years old at the time. Now she’s an American citizen who loves her country and wants to represent Fl. House District 92.

While Hernandez may be running for office in Florida, like many Floridians, it isn’t where she’s from originally. Hernandez was born in La Oroya, Peru, in the Andes mountains. Her parents were both pastors in the Christian missionary Alliance Church. Hernandez told the Florida Jolt that “I grew up in a home where faith and values were very, very strong in our family.”

However, the government of Peru didn’t share those beliefs.

“We had the worst experience with communists and socialists. I grew up in a restricted nation where the government took all our liberties. And the worst was the persecution we faced daily. Hernandez said, referencing her family’s Christian values.

After moving from the Andes Mountains to the city of Lima, Hernandez recalled that one of her daily tasks, as a child of pastors, was to tend to orphans and widowers in the town. There was no short supply. The communist terrorist organization Shining Path often moved through town, killing any men who refused to join them.

Hernandez recalls often wondering as a child when being watched by a friend from church if she would ever see her parents again. She described the thought as “her greatest fear,” as she knew many people firsthand from church who were widowers and orphans because their family members had been killed in car bombs while making mission trips over the mountains.

Hernandez got a taste of the horror firsthand when she was only 12.

“We suffered a home invasion. Five heavily armed men came into our home to destroy and take everything they could. They stole everything, and they were looking for my father, to kill him. And it was at that moment that I knew, I would make it alive, I asked God to take me to the great nation of the United States.”

Hernandez and her family were tied up and held at gunpoint while the house was ransacked. “Thank God my father wasn’t home,” Hernandez said. If he had been there, her father, a Christian Pastor, would have been killed for refusing to bend the knee to communism.

Shortly after, Hernandez’s father took her to Florida, where Hernandez was blown away by things that most Americans take for granted. She referenced Costco; while seemingly mundane, it presented an extraordinary amount of plenty. Under the communist government of Peru, she had never seen so many options, that much free choice. Hernandez highlighted her appreciation for America.

“It’s just so hard to understand. When we go through life with difficult experiences, we had such a strength that grows within us, because we never give up… and we’re more aware and we appreciate what we have here, because this is the land of America the big American dream…”

From that moment on, what she prayed for at gunpoint became cemented as an actual life plan: Hernandez wanted to become a US citizen.

Time passed, but in 2013, Hernandez legally immigrated to Florida and lived the American dream. She started her own consulting corporation, which focused on linking businessmen and officials in South America looking to invest in American opportunities and resources, benefitting both Americas.

While Hernandez had a green card and had already gotten to work in the community, she didn’t become a full citizen until 2019, which she describes as treating “like a wedding.”

“Of course, we dress up in our best, we were just so excited, we had our American flags, we were flying our flags, and we sang how we were proud to be an American. It was one of the joys that I will never forget… but I did not know I would step out in a leadership position to throw my hat in the ring and become a candidate.”

Florida Jolt asked Hernandez what compelled her to run, and Hernandez began by detailing her grass-roots-level involvement with local politics and community service over the last seven years, referencing her time working in the border registry, educating people on the right way to immigrate, and helping migrants learn how to register to vote.

This style of involvement led Hernandez to join the Republican Party and groups like Moms for Liberty, where she started becoming aware of what was happening in schools. Hernandez made clear that “once we have indoctrination in the school system, I believe we have a problem.” It was the issue of schools and the next generation, Hernandez said, that spurred her to action.

Hernandez also referenced community safety as a primary issue. Being from an unsafe community originally and now an entrepreneur, Hernandez stressed that businesses and the community would suffer if security and stability weren’t protected from criminals and government lockdowns.

“I might be a new woman in the political field, but I’m not new to the leadership position, doing what’s best for our communities, serving one another, and restoring what is the best of the values that America means to me.”

But to Hernandez, these values are at risk, and we’re on “thin ice.”

“Our founding fathers created such a strong constitution that after all these centuries we’re still as strong as we are, but we’re on ver very thin ice if we don’t take a stand. That’s where I’m coming from. If I don’t take a stand, who will do it?”

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