Cheryl Turpin is running in district 85, in Virginia Beach. http://www.vpap.org/offices/house-of-delegates-85/district/ She ran for this seat in a special election this past January, and with the help of Code Blue, came within 350 votes (and a snowstorm) of winning in a historically Republican area. Cheryl is a high school science teacher, and is hoping her name recognition and infrastructure from the special election will help propel her to a win this time around. Hillary obtained 46% of the vote in 2016 and Obama won by 49% in 2012.

Cheryl’s website is: https://cherylturpinforvb.com/

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1: Describe the moment you decided to run for delegate,

Originally, I ran because of the TRAP laws that shut down women’s health care clinics in Virginia Beach.  With two daughters. I wanted to protect their right to make their own healthcare decisions.  After the special, I decided to run again because of all the support this little school teacher received running for the House of Delegates.

2: What is the #1 issue you want to work on in the legislature,

Once elected my number issue will be education.  We have to make sure our students aren’t being over tested and our teachers aren’t teaching to a test.  All of this testing adds stress for both the teacher and student.

3: What is the worst thing about your Republican challenger

The worst thing about my Republican challenger is that he has been bought by the GOP House Caucus and right win Super PACs. In our special election, my Republican’s campaign was funded most with contributions from other GOP Delegates and GOP-aligned super PACs.  His voting record panders to the far right interests ahead of the interests of the constituents in the 85th District.  For example, he has voted in favor of funding virtual and charter schools, and voucher programs over public school funding.

4: What is uniquely cool about your district.

The 85th District has a strong sense of community.  Many families in the district have lived here for generations.  There is a great sense of pride in the 85th.