Home 2018 Elections Video: Meet Karen Mallard, the Real Deal for Congress in VA-02

Video: Meet Karen Mallard, the Real Deal for Congress in VA-02


by Susan Mariner

Seven years ago I was seated next to then President of the Virginia Beach Education Association Dominic Melito at a Virginia Beach City Council meeting when a woman rose to address the council members on the subject of education-related funding. I sat in awe as I watched this woman speak with passion, clarity, and eloquence.

When she finished, I turned to my friend Dominic (who’ll be serving as Legislative Aide for incoming Delegate Cheryl Turpin – great choice Cheryl!). Astonished I asked, “Woah. Who was THAT?”

Dominic replied with a puzzled look on his face, “You don’t know Karen Mallard?”

And that was my first exposure to someone I have come to admire in ways I can hardly express. Karen is the REAL DEAL. She is known to, loved and respected by thousands of people throughout the 2nd District. It would be difficult to overstate the profound and positive influence Karen has had on our community in her 30 years of service to it.

Karen combines toughness with a compassionate heart. Her energy and passion are remarkable. Karen is a woman of her word – what she says is what she means – what she says she will do, she does. And her ability to simultaneously think clearly AND feel deeply makes her truly special.

Karen embodies the best of what the Democratic Party stands for.

I can think of no person I would rather see representing Virginia and fighting for all Americans in Congress than Karen Mallard.

Please take a moment to meet Karen Mallard, teacher for Congress, through this just-released video:

  • Susan Mariner

    Very exciting! Karen Mallard is starting to break out from the pack of candidates in the 2nd District! Karen’s campaign has recently received a string of endorsements from local elected officials and from the People’s House Project and project100.org, and she is included on Alyssa Milano’s List of Blue Wave Progressive Candidates for 2018! You can find out more about Karen’s grassroots campaign on FB at Karen Mallard for Congress, on Twitter @mallardforva, and her campaign website at karenmallard.com.

    Jump on #TeamMallard with me…. #BlueWave2018 #FlipTheHouse


  • Simcha M.

    Who is she running against? Can’t seem to find anything on the Web.

    • That information is available on VPAP (https://www.vpap.org/offices/us-representative-2/elections/), the FEC, etc, etc.

      • Simcha M.

        Thank you, Low. I’m anxious to find out who her opponent is so I can make a donation to their campaign. If I were a Democrat, I’d vote for them, despite the fact that I am not a resident of the State of Virginia!