Sheila Bynum-Coleman

Virginia House of Delegates District 66

2019 Race Update: Sheila lost 47.03% to 51.67%

Sheila Bynum-Coleman is a native of Chesterfield County, where she graduated from Monacan High School. Sheila attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her B.A from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, with a major in Political Science and a minor in International Studies.

Sheila Bynum-Coleman is a wife and mother of five. Her children attend Chesterfield County Public Schools. Her oldest child received her B.A. from Virginia Wesleyan University and will be graduating from Eastern Virginia Medical College in the Spring.

Sheila is an active member of a number of civic and community organizations and spends her time volunteering to teach classes for first time home buyers, entrepreneurial development workshops, and on contracting with the Federal Government and fiscal management. She has also worked as a children’s advocate for over ten years and has partnered with several organizations to improve the conditions in the local area schools and community. Sheila volunteers with Veterans Helping Veterans, as well as several other civic and community organizations linking the needs of the community to programs that provide assistance. She has worked on many campaigns helping to elect candidates she supported by organizing field teams, providing rides to the polls, and registering voters.

On February 28th, 2017 Sheila was sworn in as a member of the Board of Contractors. She is the first African American woman to hold a position on this prestigious board and was appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe. Sheila began her professional career as a licensed Realtor. She expanded her real estate services into construction and founded J.C. Bynum Construction.

Throughout her studies and during the beginnings of her business, two of Sheila’s children faced chronic lung and heart illnesses that proved to be challenging. As a result, Sheila became involved in a new world of advocacy by navigating their medical care and seeking the requisite attention from their public school system. Her youngest son has a learning disability and she felt overwhelmed with trying to navigate the Special Education process. At one point, she contacted her delegate about a potential enhancement to the curriculum for children with learning disabilities and was met with frustration. Sheila asked for a fifteen-minute meeting with her delegate, who declined the request and stated that he would not get involved. She replied, “You are my Delegate and you represent me, and it doesn’t matter if I’m a Democrat or Republican. I’m going to run against you.” Never deterred, Sheila was inspired to campaign for the local delegate seat as a result.