"Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing" ― Optimus Prime
Hello, and welcome to my campaign page!
My name is Dr. Christine Eady Mann ― Dr. Eady on my medical license, and Christine Mann on my marriage license. I am a family practice physician in Cedar Park, Texas. I have been practicing in Central Texas for 18 years.
I was born in Schenectady, New York, and moved to North Texas when I was 4. After graduating from High School in Arlington, Texas, I married and had my first child, my daughter Taryn. I worked as a dental assistant and attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington where I studied Microbiology.
After much contemplation, I decided to pursue a childhood dream, and I applied to medical school. I was accepted and attended the University of North Texas/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. Sadly, at about the same time, my marriage failed. I entered medical school as the single mother of a 5-year old child. Luckily, I had help from her father and his family, as well as my own family.
While completing my internship and residency in family medicine at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas in Fort Worth, I had two more children, sons Taylor and Ty. I have experienced first-hand the issues women face in the work place when pregnant and nursing their children.
I was recruited to open a practice in Central Texas by the Round Rock Medical Center. When my partner and I opened our clinic in 1999, I was the mother of a newborn, a 2-year old, and a 13-year old. I can definitely say that I understand the challenges of being a working mother! My partner left the practice after several years, and I was the sole owner after that. I decided to move my practice and join Northwest Diagnostic Clinic, a small family practice group in Cedar Park in 2010, so that I could focus on the patient-care side of medicine.
My husband Travis and I live in Leander, with our dog, 2 cats, 17 chickens and 7 ducks. Travis teaches Business and Technical Communications at Austin Community College, and he contracts to help incarcerated teenagers at Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center. My daughter Taryn lives with her husband Jeff in Pflugerville, son Taylor is pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Texas in Austin, and son Ty will be graduating from Leander High School in June.
Since moving to Central Texas, I have been involved in various community service and political activities. One of my earliest forays into politics involved co-chairing the group that was working to pass an indoor smoking ban in Round Rock. I lobbied my fellow physicians, met with then-mayor Nyle Maxwell, and testified before the Round Rock City Council as part of this effort. The campaign was successful, and we were able to convince the city to enact Round Rock's first indoor smoking ban, one of the first in Central Texas.
I have also served on the Williamson County American Heart Association Board of Directors, working to place AEDs in schools and workplaces; was a CASA of Travis County volunteer advocating in court on behalf of abused and neglected children; served as team physician for the Round Rock Dragons football team; and have provided sports physicals for the Leander High School Band for seven years, donating all fees to the band for a total of more than $20,000.
Politically, I have been a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar for the last several election cycles; done block-walking, phone banking, and data entry with Battleground Texas, Stand Up Texas, and the Williamson County Democratic Party; and most recently served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Georgetown City Councilwoman Rachael Jonrowe in her successful bid for re-election in May 2017.
I have considered running for elective office for several years, but the time was never quite right.
Since the 2016 election, there have been too many times where I found myself saying "someone needs to do something." I am someone. And I can do something.
In the United States, women represent 51% of the population, but hold fewer than 20% of elected offices. At the rate that we are electing women, it will take 100 years before women hold an equal number of positions as men. If we want women to have a voice in policy making and legislation, we must elect them into office at all levels of government. We have that opportunity here in TX-31.
As your Representative in Congress I will work to:
- Secure and Strengthen the Affordable Care Act while moving toward true Universal Healthcare Coverage
- Use already existing data to end Gerrymandering, improve access to the polls, and restore voting rights to marginalized and disenfranchised communities
- Defend the rights of women, LGBTQ citizens, minorities, and other marginalized communities
- Protect the environment from the effects of Climate Change and pollution
- Enact policies that encourage job growth in Central Texas while easing the burdens placed on small business owners
- Support our active duty military personnel and veterans by revamping the Veterans administration, improving pay among the enlisted, and addressing issues that impair their ability to be conflict-ready
- Address poverty and homelessness using successful, cost-effective models that are already showing promise
- Strengthen our educational system at all levels, while providing adequate pre-K opportunities and working toward tuition-free higher education
We have a tremendous opportunity here in TX-31 to send a message to the Republicans that we will not sit down and shut up as our healthcare system is decimated, our planet is polluted, and our rights are taken away. I hope you will join me in this fight! Please consider donating or volunteering today!