About Our Campaign
Hi, I'm Karen Mallard.
As a public school teacher Karen Mallard has spent her entire adult life fighting for Virginia’s children and now she’s ready to bring that tenacity and devotion to public service to Congress by repealing and replacing Republican incumbent Scott Taylor in Virginia’s 2nd congressional district. Karen was inspired to become a teacher the day she found out her father, a coal miner, couldn’t read. The first person she taught to read was her father but over the course of her 30-year teaching career she’s brought the joy of reading to hundreds of Virginia children.
Like many people, Karen woke up on November 9th 2016 committed to fighting the Trump agenda. In one generation her family had moved from poverty to prosperity and now the very programs that made her American dream come true are in jeopardy. The nomination of Betsy Devos to head the Department of Education was the catalyst for her run for Congress. The Trump/Taylor/Devos agenda will decimate America’s public education system and wreak havoc on American families unless we act now and take back control of Congress.
A first-time candidate for public office Karen has an extensive background in community service, professional service, and Democratic politics. She has knocked on hundreds of doors and made phone calls to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. She makes her run for the Democratic Party’s nomination buoyed by an army of fellow campaign volunteers, teachers, workers, and former students by her side.
From the PTA to being a little league volunteer to coaching basketball, Karen Mallard has spent a lifetime serving the 2nd congressional district. She has built durable and extensive relationships across the political spectrum. She isn’t merely from the 2nd district, she is the 2nd district.