Elementary school reading specialist Karen Mallard has been a fighter her whole life: She first advocated for her community at the age of eleven, working with her father – who she later taught to read – to stop waste dumping in the river nearby. She has committed herself to improving public education throughout her entire career, and will fight to make sure every child has access to quality education that fits their individual needs.
- Serves as the vice president of her local education association
- Champion for expanding access to affordable health care
- Virginian from coal country who understands how to address pollution and climate change on a local level