Karen Habitzreuther


Candidate, Member, Fairfax City Council

Former Senior Joint Staff/Combatant Command Desk Officer, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch, Public Health Division, Defense Health Agency


Web:  Special Election website    LinkedIn   Facebook 

Email:  GoodHabitz2017@gmail.com
Phone:  571-332-4752
Address:    10421 Breckinridge Ln
Fairfax Va 22030


Karen has a long history of leadership. A 28-year military veteran, Karen flew Blackhawk helicopters and headed up multi-level organizations as just a junior officer. At Fort Carson, Karen led an organization with a $12 million budget that provided community morale-boosting activities for over 100,000 people. She, and her family, have volunteered in community programs wherever she has been posted.  After her Military service, Karen earned a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where she is currently a Master of Public Health candidate.

Karen has lived in the City of Fairfax continuously since 2001. In that time, she has been very involved in bettering our community, including service on the Architectural Review Board of her HOA and volunteering at the Fairfax County Humane Society headquartered in Fairfax City. She is a proud member of the American Legion Post 177, headquartered here, and the American Legion Riders, where all members all work for the care of our veterans and active duty military and their families, the improvement of our community, and the development of our youth.

More information is available at www.karenforfairfax.com.

The special election takes place on Tuesday, September 12th and absentee voting begins July 28th, 2017.


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Infectious Diseases
2012 – 2015

Activities and Societies: American Public Health Association

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine
2012 – 2014

Activities and Societies: American Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Licensed to practice as a Veterinarian in Virginia

American University of Antigua
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences
2010 – 2011

Wagner College

Activities and Societies: Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society


A Business-Friendly Climate

In order to reduce taxes, Fairfax needs a strong business base. Karen knows that government can’t create jobs, but it can foster a climate that encourages businesses to be creative and grow.

Intelligent, Market-Driven Growth

Karen believes that in order to be a successful community, the City of Fairfax needs a smart and sustainable growth plan. Karen will hold City Hall accountable, demand sound fiscal discipline and work with community leaders to come up with the right plan for Fairfax.


To keep traffic flowing and reduce congestion, Fairfax needs solid plans for the future. Without vision, bad projects, such as the University Drive extension, are put into place without any land-use development plans or community input.

Community Engagement

As your Councilwoman, Karen promises to engage the community. Elected officials can only be successful when they know the issues that the community faces. Karen will hold regular town halls and put out surveys to get feedback from you!

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