We supported Karrie in 2017, and she is running for re-election in 2019 in the Virginia House of Delegates. Although she has the advantage of incumbency, her seats are far from safe – every dollar counts! Your donation will go directly to Karrie’s campaign.
After moving to Northern Virginia, Karrie became the Communications Director for Shared Hope International, a non-profit dedicated to ending sex trafficking. There, she took her community engagement to new levels, working with local communities and international NGOs to end the brutal abuse of women around the globe.
After leaving Shared Hope to focus on raising her family, Karrie has since started her own small consulting firm and gotten even more involved in local Fairfax issues. Republican County Supervisor Michael Frey appointed Karrie to be a member and later a chair to the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council, which focuses on emergency preparedness. She was also appointed to the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees, where she eventually served as Chair.
Karrie was elected to represent the people of Virginia’s 67th District in November of 2017; where she stands up for our Northern Virginia values, put aside the political games, and bring about real solutions for our community.
WHY WAS THIS RACE IMPORTANT?
All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates were up for election in 2017. Republicans held 66 of the 100 seats. In 2015, only 21 Democrats ran against GOP lawmakers. In 2017, Democrats challenged 45 GOP incumbents—including 17 lawmakers whose districts voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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In just four years, Democrats have seen an impressive and almost unprecedented swing to majority, with more than 20 seats gained over two election cycles. With gains so recent, Republicans are eager to take advantage of this dynamic, where characteristically moderate “bellwether” districts ebb and flow to give way to national political trends, waiting for the pendulum to swing back in their favor. The 2021 House of Delegates elections are sure to be a test of Democrats’ ability to hold Trump Era gains in a post-Trump climate.
The Commonwealth has long faced the consequences of political gerrymandering. District boundaries have been a hot topic of conversation in past years. In 2020, the Virginia legislature voted to create a bipartisan committee to handle the creation of new electoral maps; Bipartisan redistricting is now in the hands of a 16 member committee which was on a tight timeline to use 2020 census data to announce adjusted districts for the upcoming House of Delegates elections in November 2021. The original plan had the committee producing new maps by April 2020, but delayed census data from the federal government has made new maps in time to give the state board of elections, localities, and partisans time to effectively prepare for and hold elections unlikely. As of now, the most likely scenario remains that 2021 will see no new maps, instead districts will remain the same this year with new districts only taking effect in 2023.