“The family-oriented neighborhoods of San Angelo have provided for me since I was a child. My mother, Barbara Hesse, dedicated her life to preserving San Angelo’s architectural and cultural history. I love this city and it’s time for me to give back.”

Karen Hesse Smith is a devoted friend, mother, and servant of San Angelo, Texas. She was born and raised in this town, and her family has lived in Santa Rita for five generations. She is running for San Angelo City Council in District 5 as a constitutional and fiscal conservative, with the intent to foster safe communities within our neighborhoods, analyze city issues affecting the districts, and lay the groundwork for effective solutions, as she completes her abridged term as your City Council woman.

She has background in communication, working with people, city planning, architecture, and the arts. She has a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed a Master’s Program in Architecture and Urban Design from MIT. Professionally, in her career she has served as a regional director for a nationwide retailer managing 400+ employees and worked as a Global Logistics Manager for another nationwide company with $4.3 billion earnings annually.

In San Angelo, she has devoted her time to serving the community on the San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council Board and the San Angelo Old Town Conservancy Board. Additionally, she also serves as the Legislative Chair for the Concho Valley Republican Women’s organization. Currently Karen works part time at the Tom Green County Republican Party office. She also recently got her certification as a Tom Green County Master Gardener.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, walking her dogs around the neighborhood, painting, and spending time with Barbara her mom, husband, and daughter– a Sophomore at Penn State studying Entrepreneurship in the Smeal-Schreyer Business Honors program.

Karen is excited to see where this opportunity leads and is grateful to the community and neighborhoods for their support.