CD 8 special election: Get to know Steve Montenegro

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"Music is a gift. Music is not just emotional but is a form of communication," Republican candidate for Congressional District 8 Steve Montenegro said as he described his passion for playing the piano. "It's going to the heart to someone's soul, to somebody's upbringing, to somebody's spirit. It brings people together."

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Montenegro is in the midst of a grueling campaign for Congress, hoping to fill the seat vacated by Trent Franks.

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To break away from the chaos he sits at the piano. Within seconds, the stress begins to drift away.

"It's a getaway," he said. "It's a getaway. It certainly is for me."

Montenegro's passion for music really begins 23 years ago when he was just 13.

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A pastor's son, his role in the church was to play the piano during service.

"It's worship -- classical, soft, inspirational," he said. "But mostly it's a moment of reflection and moment of personal relationship with my god."

Montenegro and his parents emigrated from El Salvador when he was just 5 years old. It wasn't always easy. Montenegro says music helped pass the time.

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He often reflects back to when his parents became citizens.

"To be able to stand next to a flag that at that age, you are promised that whatever you can dream -- if you're willing to work hard -- you can achieve," Montenegro said.

His parents' story inspires him on the long days of campaigning, reminding him why he's running for office. 

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