Karen L. Jenkins

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Jenkins graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in marriage, family, and community counseling from Liberty University. Jenkins is a mother of three children, all of whom attended Suffolk City Public Schools, and is married to 76th District Delegate Clinton Jenkins. Jenkins serves on the Board of Directors for the Blakley Weaver Foundation and Board of the Hampton Roads United Negro College Fund [1].

Jenkins was elected to the Suffolk City School Board in 2019 and was re-elected in 2022. Jenkins was responsible for the creation of training workshops for improving Suffolk Public Schools, as well as through cooperation with state legislatures. Jenkins also serves on the Suffolk Public Schools Legislative Committee and is Regional II Chair and on the Board of Directors of the Virginia School Board Association [1, 4].

Key Issues

Education

Jenkins wants to raise teacher pay and fully fund all aspects of the public education system, and has vowed her support to promote legislation guaranteeing universal pre-K to Virginia families [3].

Environment

Jenkins supports Virginia staying in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which promotes the development of energy-efficient and flood-resistant homes in coastal Virginia. Jenkins also wants to dedicate additional funds to combat the effects of climate change in Virginia [3].

Reproductive Rights

Jenkins wants to defend women rights through the provision of reproductive healthcare such as cancer screenings, prenatal health, and family planning services, and also wants to ensure that women maintain autonomy over their bodies [1].

Endorsements

Roe your Vote Virginia, Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Vote Pro Choice, Sierra Club, Giffords – Courage to Fight Gun Violence, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, VADEMS Women’s Caucus, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney

Sources

1 Karen for Virginia
2 Ballotpedia
3 WAVY
4 VSBA
5 Facebook
6 Suffolk News-Herald