I am the wife of a Marine Veteran, a mother of three, a local small business owner, and a 5th generation Texan. I have lived in the greater Austin area for the past 27 years. In 1999, I graduated from UT-Austin and shortly after began a career in juvenile outreach and social services. In 2018, I switched careers and became a group sales manager for an Austin hotel. In March of 2020, I was furloughed from that job as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the subsequent cancellation of events like Austin City Limits, SXSW, NCAA games and UIL tournaments. I pivoted from there and started my own business.
One of my three children was born with a rare genetic disorder that requires unique healthcare. During our journey through the medical system in an effort to find the best care for her, I spoke to hundreds of other parents experiencing the same challenges as my daughter and I have. Through this, I became an advocate for special needs children.
In 2015, I caught wind that a House Representative from Dallas filed a bill that would have eliminated the "Reasons of Conscience" exemption from childhood vaccination requirements in public schools. A few other parents of special needs children and I were outraged by this bill and immediately organized to stop it. I spent nearly every day at the Capitol testifying in committee hearings, knocking doors of Senators and Representatives, and making connections with staffers and elected officials. Our efforts were not in vain as we killed the bill in question, as well as over a dozen bills that intended to restrict medical freedom. From this group of parents we formed Texans for Vaccine Choice where I served as its first Communications Director and on the first Board of Directors.
This experience has helped me in a more recent fight involving school board issues in Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD (the two school districts in House District 136) where I have spoken at board meetings about matters crucial to the health and safety of our teachers, students, and staff. I have also spent time volunteering my time at different non-profits and political outreach groups throughout Williamson County.
I am excited for the opportunity to represent HD136, and to listen to your concerns.
- Michelle Evans, Candidate for HD136