Michael C. Karslake

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Mike Karslake is a business owner who is a Virginia Beach resident. He has a master’s degree from Regent University and has owned Providence Computers, an IT systems design company, for 38 years. He has been married to his wife for 44 years, with two daughters and 4 grandchildren. He is an affiliate of Business Networks International and has built his career around being a business owner [1, 2, 5].

Karslake has made his Christian faith a priority in his life, as he was raised in the church and continues his involvement today. He has servedhis church in many ways, such as being the youth director, choir director, a deacon, and a Sunday School teacher. He has a passion for travel and has been to many foreign nations [1, 2, 5].

Key Issues

Economy

Karslake wants Virginia to pass a budget that has significant tax cuts, specifically for working families. He supports the expiration of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as he says it only raised energy bills [1, 2, 5].

Education

Karslake supports strong discipline in the classroom to ensure that teachers have a productive teaching environment. His top educational priority is academic achievement and wants to work with school administration to address disciplinary issues quickly [1, 5].

Reproductive Rights

Karslake believes the 15-week limit to abortion supported by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is reasonable [5].

Veterans

Karslake wants to attract more veterans to live in Virginia Beach. He thinks he can achieve this by keeping taxes low for veterans and supporting small, veteran-owned businesses [1, 5].

Endorsements

Congresswoman Jen Kiggans – Virginia’s 2nd District, Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, Delegate Barry Knight, Delegate Anne Ferrell Tata, Republican Party of Virginia Beach

Sources

1 Mike Karslake For Delegate
2 WAVY 10
3 Ballotpedia
4 VPAP
5 The Virginian Pilot
6 Ballot Ready