Karen ran in 2018 for Congress in VA-2, but lost to Elaine Luria. She is an educator, community organizer, and activist.
When she was only eleven years old, Karen and her father successfully advocated for the removal of a sewage treatment plant that dumped waste into the Guest River, where Karen and her neighbors were baptized. When the coal company in her parents' home in Wise County, Virginia cut their miners' health benefits, Karen passed out bologna sandwiches to strikers and joined them on the picket line.
For the past 30 years, Karen Mallard has used this compassion and fighting spirit to serve the Virginia Beach community as a public-school teacher, union leader, political organizer, PTA board member, and little league board member.