Karleen Krenicky is running for an At-Large seat on Middletown Township Council. She earned her J.D. degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law, in Philadelphia, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University, in the nation’s capital. While in college, she got her political feet wet, interning for Dick Gephardt’s 2004 presidential campaign and attending the Iowa Democratic caucuses. She also interned at CNN, working on “Inside Politics” anchored by Judy Woodruff.
With college classmates, Karleen became a founding board member of the Buzzing for Change Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children living with cancer. Fundraising activities engaged several collegiate communities, developing student leaders and inspiring action through participation. As an attorney, she learned to be even more empathetic, listening to all sides of an issue and helping to explain complicated decisions.
In Middletown, Karleen serves on the township Parks and Recreation committee. She believes resident participation is key to a healthy, thriving community, and accountability among government leaders and politicians is imperative.
Karleen has lived in the Philadelphia area most of her life, first in Drexel Hill and then Phoenixville. After college, she returned to Philadelphia. She and her husband, Robert Bray, started their family in the city. When their son, Thomas, turned 1 year old, their desire for better schools and a greater sense of community drew them to Delaware County. They moved to Middletown Township in 2015 and, in 2017, welcomed their second child, Molly. Thomas is on the autism spectrum, and both parents feel fortunate to experience life through his eyes, giving them a perspective unique to special needs families.
Glenwood Elementary is Karleen’s neighborhood school. Its close proximity to the Mariner East 2 pipeline gives Karleen a heightened awareness of risk, with potential danger in arm’s length of children every day. She feels an urgency to make the community as safe as possible for all residents, and to bring greater transparency to the governance of Middletown Township. Karleen will bring new ideas and a reasoned voice to Council to benefit the entire community.