Cheryl Turpin

Virginia State Senate | District 7

Cheryl Turpin has spent almost three decades as a high school science teacher making a difference in the lives of her students. Now she is running to make a difference for Virginia Beach in the Virginia Senate. As a science teacher at Cox, Princess Anne, and Tallwood High Schools, Delegate Turpin has strong ties across Virginia Beach’s 7th Senate District.

Delegate Turpin currently represents Virginia Beach in the 85th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. She has played a key role in bringing Medicaid Expansion to Virginia, increasing teacher pay, and giving struggling schools the resources they need. As a State Senator, she will keep fighting for education, healthcare and keeping our air and water clean.

Sister District endorsed Cheryl in 2017 where she defeated incumbent Rocky Holcomb (R) in the Virginia House of Delegates District 87 election.

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On The Issues

Cheryl Turpin is running to make a difference for our community – as she’s always done for her students. Turpin is a local public-school science teacher and state delegate. As senator, she will work to improve our public schools and invest in job training programs so students are trained for good paying jobs in our area.

Turpin believes everyone should be able to afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. She helped bring Medicaid Expansion to Virginia. Now, hundreds of thousands more Virginians have access to affordable healthcare, including veterans, children, and working families who fall through the cracks.

Cheryl Turpin knows that our leaders in Richmond can do more to keep our communities and families safe. That’s why she supports common-sense reforms like expanding background checks to keep weapons away from the dangerously mentally ill and domestic abusers.

As the mother of two daughters, Turpin prioritizes equality. She stood up for the Equal Rights Amendment and believes women should receive equal pay for equal work. Turpin believes men and women are equal and won’t stop working until our state and U-S Constitution say so.

Turpin will stand up to reckless politicians who support forced trans-vaginal exams or want to turn away federal tax dollars that help get important healthcare to women, like cancer screenings and affordable birth control. Turpin trusts Virginia women to make their own healthcare decisions.

Why This Race Is Important

In just four years, Democrats have seen an impressive and almost unprecedented swing to majority, with more than 20 seats gained over two election cycles. With gains so recent, Republicans are eager to take advantage of this dynamic, where characteristically moderate “bellwether” districts ebb and flow to give way to national political trends, waiting for the pendulum to swing back in their favor. The 2021 House of Delegates elections are sure to be a test of Democrats’ ability to hold Trump Era gains in a post-Trump climate.

  • Current Control: Democratic Trifecta (since 2020)
  • Gubernatorial Election: 2021
  • Length of House of Delegates term: 2 years
  • Redistricting: Congressional and State Legislative districts are drawn by a 16-member commission comprising state legislators and citizens
  • Sister District Target: Blue Hold

Redistricting and Gerrymandering

The Commonwealth has long faced the consequences of political gerrymandering. District boundaries have been a hot topic of conversation in past years. In 2020, the Virginia legislature voted to create a bipartisan committee to handle the creation of new electoral maps; Bipartisan redistricting is now in the hands of a 16 member committee which was on a tight timeline to use 2020 census data to announce adjusted districts for the upcoming House of Delegates elections in November 2021. The original plan had the committee producing new maps by April 2020, but delayed census data from the federal government has made new maps in time to give the state board of elections, localities, and partisans time to effectively prepare for and hold elections unlikely. As of now, the most likely scenario remains that 2021 will see no new maps, instead districts will remain the same this year with new districts only taking effect in 2023.

Cheryl Turpin

Cheryl Turpin

Virginia State Senate | District 7
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