“As a local community leader and a mom, I'm dedicated to bringing innovative economic growth, world class education, and health care for all to Northern Virginia.”
– Karrie Delaney
Karrie Delaney has always been committed to strengthening the community for everyone.
The daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, Karrie saw firsthand the importance of supporting our returning heroes. Her dad came home from Korea in the late 1950’s to get his GED and a good-paying job in a VA Hospital.
After college, she worked at a group home for foster children, helping kids move out into the world with real life skills. She saw firsthand how state policy can affect the lives of vulnerable children.
Karrie also volunteered as a sexual assault counselor and became Board President of her county’s crisis counseling organization, after being appointed and serving on the West Melbourne City Council. Because of her deep involvement in the community and working with people at a crossroads in their life, she was hired by a Republican States Attorney’s office to work with juvenile offenders, teaching them life skills and how to make restitution to their victims.
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 currently serves as Chair.
Now Karrie is running to represent the people of Virginia’s 67th District; to stand up for our Northern Virginia values, put aside the political games, and bring about real solutions for our community.
Karrie and her husband, Patrick, met in college and have been together ever since. They live in Fairfax and are the proud parents of Kaitlyn and Ethan.
Jobs & the Local Economy:
Karrie’s top priority is to grow our economy by supporting innovative economic development to create good-paying, local jobs. Northern Virginia is a technological hub and Karrie is dedicated to investing in the people of Northern Virginia to ensure we harness all of the resources available to grow our local economy. That is why Karrie was appointed by Democrats and Republicans as Chair of the Fairfax County Library Board, where she is currently leading the charge to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with access to 3-D printers, and everyone the opportunity to test prototypes that can launch new businesses.
As the mother of a 7-year-old and 4-year-old as well as a member and past vice president of her daughter’s PTA, Karrie is running to protect and improve our public schools in Northern Virginia. For far too long Richmond has taken advantage of Northern Virginia as an unlimited funding source for the rest of the Commonwealth.
Karrie is dedicated to bringing home our fair share of education funding to ensure our children are receiving a world class education. That starts by recruiting the most talented teachers, providing top-notch resources and supplies to classrooms, and investing in our public education system to lower class sizes across Northern Virginia. This also means investing in Full-Day Kindergarten for all children because numerous studies show the positive affect an early start to education can have on a child’s overall educational success.
Transportation and traffic is a crucial issue in Northern Virginia that Richmond has neglected to address with anything more than “band-aid” fixes to get re-elected. That is why Karrie is dedicated to bringing together Republicans and Democrats to find long-range, comprehensive solutions that will ease traffic congestion. We can achieve this by investing in cleanly and efficiently widening I-66, fixing and expanding metro, and exploring new innovative solutions that can ease congestion for an ever-growing Northern Virginia population over the coming years and decades.
Health and Human Service:
This year our local communities are especially vulnerable to the erratic whims of President Trump, and his attacks on critical services like health care. Our state legislature is the last line of defense and Karrie is dedicated to leading that defense and protecting the people of Virginia. That starts by expanding our Medicaid coverage, which in the 2017 legislative session would have provided an additional 400,000 Virginians with access to affordable health care, as well as 33,000 new jobs and an annual $73,000 savings in the state budget, if it passed. Not only is it good for our economy, but it is good for the overall health of our community.
Additionally, as a former sexual assault crisis counselor, Karrie also knows firsthand the importance of women having the right to make their own healthcare decisions. That is why she is determined to stand up and protect funding for clinics that provide lifesaving cancer screenings for women.
Karrie is determined to end the wage gap and will fight to ensure all women receive equal pay for equal work and that pregnant women are not discriminated against. Karrie will fight for paid family leave and paid sick leave so working people can take paid time off to care for a newborn, recover from an illness, or care for a sick family member.
As the daughter of a U.S. Army Veteran who worked in the VA Hospital for 30 Years, Karrie has seen firsthand the needs of our Veteran community, and is dedicated to fulfilling our commitment to the men and women who have bravely served our country and fought for our freedom. Karrie will fight to ensure all Veterans receive access to the best health care, benefits, housing, and high-quality jobs trainings to help rejoin the civil workforce.
Karrie knows that Virginia’s seniors have given countless years to making our communities a better place to live in. That’s why Karrie is dedicated to standing up and being an advocate for Northern Virginia Seniors in the General Assembly by making sure those who commit fraud against them are prosecuted.
Energy and the Environment:
Karrie believes the technology corridor in Northern Virginia provides a unique opportunity to become a central hub for energy independence that is also environmentally friendly. Karrie is dedicated to bringing together all the necessary partners to begin Virginia’s responsible transition, of both the workforce and energy partners, towards 21st Century Clean Energy.
Protecting Our Community:
Karrie is a strong proponent of responsible gun ownership and commonsense gun laws that keep guns off school campuses, expand background checks, and close the gun-show loophole. This will result in keeping weapons out of the hands of the domestic abusers and the dangerously-mentally ill to make our communities safer.