Virginia House of Delegates District 85
2017 Race Update: Cheryl won 50.73% to 49.06%
As the AP Environmental Science teacher at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Cheryl Turpin is passionate about public education and protecting the environment. Cheryl, the Democrat running for House of Delegates in the 85th District, is looking to take those passions with her to Richmond and use her experience as a teacher to bring people together to address Virginia’s challenges.
When Cheryl spoke with EveryDistrict, she talked about the importance of recognizing the dangers of climate change. “What’s happening in Virginia Beach is a microcosm of what’s happening across the country,” said Cheryl. “Virginia Beach has experienced extensive flooding from catastrophic rain, and the Commonwealth needs to both help those who are already feeling the devastating effects of climate change, like we are in the 85th District, and proactively implement policies that will protect the environment and move us toward a clean energy future.”
Cheryl has lived in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach for the past 18 years. She grew up in a military family, and when her father retired after serving 23 years in the Army, her family moved to Fairfax County, Virginia. Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia. In 2016, she was nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Frank W. Cox High School.
Cheryl is an active member of the Virginia Beach community. She is a partner with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a non-profit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college. She has served as a Board Member for the Make a Difference Foundation, as Activities Coordinator for several school PTA’s, a Girl Scouts Troop Leader, a coach for the Neighborhood Soccer League, and a member of the Sierra Club.
In Richmond, Cheryl will be an advocate for reducing the time dedicated to mandated testing so that more time can be added back into classroom instruction. She also supports full-day public kindergarten for every child in Virginia and putting more resources into STEM education and classroom technology for teachers.
Cheryl supports a woman’s right to choose, and the attacks on women’s health care sparked her own personal interest in politics. She also supports Medicaid expansion, which would help over 20,000 people in the Virginia Beach area get health care coverage.
Cheryl is committed to expanding economic opportunity for Virginians by increasing infrastructure spending, raising the minimum wage, creating an economic environment that encourages small businesses, and expanding broadband access.
“Our state government should be focused on helping families, not making it harder for Virginians to get by,” said Cheryl. “The people of Virginia need to feel connected to their legislators and included in the legislative process. As a teacher, I’ll bring commonsense solutions to Richmond and be a champion for the people of Virginia Beach.”