Christensen Campaign for Congress Virgin Islands, AL in DC www.donnamchristensen.com
209 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Primary Election Date: 2012-09-08 General Election Date: 2012-11-06
Who am I?
I am a family physician who practiced for 21 years in St. Croix, USVI. A mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 4.
I am running for my 9th term.
I was a real family physician did office and hospital practice and home visits to the shut ins. Also served in several capacities in our local hospital and health department.
I became active in my community soon after returning home after my residency. Began a coalition to appoint native judges to the Federal Bench and one to try and save the Northwestern 10% of my Island from development. Remained active in environmental issues, but joined the Democratic Party,became an office and then National Committee woman for 12 years. Was also active in local medical society, the National Medical Assn., the Caribbean Studies Assn. and my church.
I served on a HS PTA when I took in a cousin after her mother died, then ran for the Board of Education where I served 1 term. I did not run again because I was appointed Medical Director of the Hospital which was more than a full time job.
Worked with a number of organizations was the pro bono physician for little league, also worked and then volunteered at our local juvenile facility.
Working on the a poor Peoples Campaign in summer of 1968 had a profound influence on me.
I think I remain an idealist and an optimist
Why am I running?
I never intended to run for office, but always thought I was more of a behind the scenes person. When the seat opened up with the retirement of the sitting Delegate I was urged to run and did. I lost my first race in the primary, ran again in 1996 and won after a grueling race.
I ran because I felt my community needed someone who was committed, who was running to serve not for self aggrandizement and because after practicing and being active in the community I knew it well. Besides I truly love my home.
I felt that the community work and the DNC position prepared me somewhat, but was willing to work hard to learn what I dis not know.
I am running for re-election because my community is going through a difficult time and it needs continuity and my seniority. Besides I have worked hard and served them faithfully and well and I know I can continue to do that. I believe Democrats can win back the House and keep the presidency and know I am best prepared and situated to help my Territory.
To change the Medicaid match for the territories
To pass my bill HR 2220 if it is not passed this year
And if it is passed this year, to make our Federal Courts Article III courts, which would be #3
My DFA Values
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My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaigns have always been what I consider" mom and pop" operations. This is the first rime I have hired a consultant. I do fund raising in Dc and stateside mostly, and do people oriented activities at home, generally beginning with a prayer breakfast. We have teams on all three islands and try to go everywhere to meet and greet and inform. We always run a positive campaign.
I consider that I am always campaigning and attend so many functions folks wonder how I do it. My own downtime is generally spent with friends and often at traditional community events That I have attended all my life, like horse races, community celebrations, etc