Karen Kwasny Connects with Community

As a member of the Transition Area/Interfacility Traffic Area Citizens Advisory Committee since 2013, the Vision to Action Community Coalition since 2016, the Princess Anne District representative on the City of Virginia Beach Planning Commission since 2015 and an Ashville Park resident, I have actively listened to the residents of Virginia Beach. Below are their words…

Another Person

Dr. Kwasny was an advocate for my neighborhood when a developer wanted to build homes behind us next to a swamp. Not only did she take into consideration our opinions on why the development was not a smart idea, but she voted to oppose the proposal while thinking of the safety of citizens that it would have affected. I believe she is cognizant of appropriate developments that will benefit the city. She truly understands there is a right time and place for developments and deeply considers all aspects before making a decision.”
Resident of Virginia Beach

Someone Else

“I first met Karen in 2015 when I served as a liaison to the developer of our neighborhood because we did not have an HOA. Karen was working with the community to oppose significant changes to the overall density of our subdivision. Then, in 2016, Hurricane Matthew flooded our neighborhood in Ashville Park. Several homes had over a foot of water in their living rooms. Our family was fortunate to only have water in the garage. Karen reached out to the community to discuss some actions we may want to consider as a community to address the flooding, as this was our third flood in less than three years. She invited me and two others to meet with her at Panera.
Resident of Virginia Beach

Joe Brown

Dr. Kwasny was an advocate for my neighborhood when a developer wanted to build homes behind us next to a swamp. Not only did she take into consideration our opinions on why the development was not a smart idea, but she voted to oppose the proposal while thinking of the safety of citizens that it would have affected. I believe she is cognizant of appropriate developments that will benefit the city. She truly understands there is a right time and place for developments and deeply considers all aspects before making a decision.

“Dr. Kwasny resonates as one of us to my family and me. She is a mom with school aged children, and gives a friendly neighbor vibe. I see her passion for wanting to make the best decisions for the city and its citizens because she cares and does not have back door secrets going on. She is transparent and fully engaged with our concerns as citizens. I believe she is well informed with current events going on in our city, including flooding, and wants to make the best decisions not only for now but with a long-term look into the future.

“Dr. Kwasny is exactly what we need on the Virginia Beach City Council. Her courage to stand up for what’s right, passion and dedication for the well-being of our citizens, desire to develop our city in the right ways, and leadership to guide council members in making the right decisions is precisely what our city needs right now.

“I am glad to provide my full endorsement, as well as my many family members in Virginia Beach, in supporting Dr. Kwasny running for City Council, and I encourage fellow citizens who want what’s best for the city to do the same. Based on her past experience, I know she will not let us down and get the job done each and every time.

Resident of Virginia Beach

Andy Thornhill

“I first met Karen in 2015 when I served as a liaison to the developer of our neighborhood because we did not have an HOA. Karen was working with the community to oppose significant changes to the overall density of our subdivision. Then, in 2016, Hurricane Matthew flooded our neighborhood in Ashville Park. Several homes had over a foot of water in their living rooms. Our family was fortunate to only have water in the garage. Karen reached out to the community to discuss some actions we may want to consider as a community to address the flooding, as this was our third flood in less than three years. She invited me and two others to meet with her at Panera.

When Karen met with us, she came prepared. She had printed off a detailed history of the development of Ashville Park. She also laid out some possible plans of action we could share with our neighbors. The plan we chose ultimately meant taking our combined voices to City Council. When Karen shared this information, she did it without bias or opinion. She simply gave us the facts, and only then did she give us suggestions of things we could consider. She made it very clear that she was not trying to tell us what to do. She was asking for our input. Karen wanted to help us with a shared issue, and she wanted collaboration and consensus. It was important to her that we knew it was not her battle; it was our battle and no matter the result, she was with us the entire way and would be there good or bad.

We three neighbors took Karen’s packet of information and the plan we developed to our neighbors, and from this seed, our community developed a plan of action to address our flooding issues. A few months later, the Ashville Park community made its first appearance before City Council. I was one of the three speakers that evening. I found strength to do this because Karen had armed me with facts and a sense of urgent community need.

In 2018, this grassroots community effort, coupled with a city and developer collaboration, led to the funding and eventual address of our flooding issues. When our community went to council, well over half of the audience was from my neighborhood. I was very proud of our community. I know that none of that would have happened without Karen.

In today’s political environment, people want to tell you all about how great they are. They want to pound their chests and say, “This would not have happened without me.” They want to tell you that their opponent is wrong. In my humble opinion, however, Karen wants to be involved. Karen will investigate and learn about things she may not fully understand (which I imagine is a very small scope), and before she speaks, she will be sure of her facts. But that is only the tip of the iceberg because Karen wants to work with others to move said iceberg. Karen wants to understand the opposition and work with them and not against them. Politics these days are one side pushing the other, but with Karen, it is push only when there is not an option. I have firsthand experience that she wants us to work together.

Karen does not want the glory for anything because the results will speak for themselves.

I was a police officer in Virginia Beach for many years, and for two decades I have been an analyst for grocery retailers. However, I have met few people with greater leadership skills than Karen. I would support her and her family with anything at any time. I hope everyone that reads this will consider voting for the smart, team player that will put her interests aside and fight when there is no other option. That is Karen. Our city and political landscape needs someone that understands the city, is smart enough to know what she does not know, will get the right people to help her learn, and will fight for all of us with all her might and without taking credit. Karen is this person and the right person for City Council this year.

Thank you.

Resident of Virginia Beach

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