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GOOD UPDATE: Democrat Cheryl Turpin Wins a Seat In The Virginia State Legislature

YES YES YES! This was a bit of a nail-biter, but Cheryl Turpin defeated Rocky Holcomb by 51 to 49 to take a seat in the Virginia state legislature. She had lost to him in a January special election.

Read more here (scroll down for results in Turpin’s race, district 85:

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/virginia-general-elections

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/cox-high-school-teacher-leads-a-sheriff-s-deputy-in/article_817a22ac-5908-5f3b-bb82-c77d7c30b16f.html

 

Read the original blog text here:

Support Democrat Cheryl Turpin’s run for the Virginia state legislature. The election happens on November 7, 2017.

In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.

If Turpin seems vaguely familiar, she should. She ran for the Virginia state legislature in a special election in early January and lost, earning 47 percent of the vote to Republican Rocky Holcomb’s 53 percent. She faces him again in November.

Turpin has served as a high school science teacher for 24 years. She supports full-day public kindergarten, a living wage, and defending the environment. She wants to encourage young entrepreneurs by offering them loans to start small businesses. She wants to expand broadband access. She supports overhauls of the state’s criminal justice and mental health systems. She would promote recycling. She would increase spending on infrastructure to improve roads and alleviate traffic jams.

 

See Turpin’s campaign website:

https://cherylturpinforvb.com

 

See her About page:

https://cherylturpinforvb.com/about/

 

Donate to Turpin’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_turpin?refcode=314website

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CT4VAB

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@ct_4_vab

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

See her page on Ballotpedia:

https://ballotpedia.org/Cheryl_Turpin

 

See an old OTYCD post on Turpin and two other Virginia candidates in the January 2017 special election:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/24/spread-the-word-and-vote-for-these-three-democrats-in-virginia-on-jan-10/

 

Read about the outcome of the January special election:

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/republican-holcomb-wins-special-election-to-fill-scott-taylor-s/article_662a0f4a-6779-5478-a869-869cffe4e0cb.html

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Read This Incisive Report from Flippable on Four Months of Supporting State Elections

Read this incisive, clear-eyed report from Flippable on what its organizers have learned in its first four months. 

Flippable is one of many activist organizations that launched in the wake of the 2016 election. Its goal is to turn America Democratic one seat at a time, on every level–federal, state, and local. Its report on its first four months of existence makes for incisive reading and provides fuel for hope.

The biggest takeaway for you: Early money–and attention, and volunteer support–really is like yeast. Cheryl Turpin, who ended up losing her house seat race for Virginia’s 85th district, lost by only 362 votes and nearly erased the lead her Republican opponent had built.

Key quote from the story:  “When we asked Cheryl what would have made the difference for her—what would have secured her those extra 362 votes—she replied, “One extra week. And maybe not having a blizzard on election day.”

“Why such an emphasis on timing? Cheryl said, “The opposition, Rocky Holcomb, had started campaigning in June…Despite Rocky’s five-month advantage, he won by only 362 votes—in a place known as the second most Republican city in the country. I’m confident that with another week, we could have succeeded.”

 

Read the Flippable report:

https://www.flippable.org/blog/2017/3/12/iop43l5pg4vlk3sble9dqcamyt3m48

 

 

Follow Flippable on Twitter:

@flippable_org

 

Like Flippable on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/flippableorg

 

Donate to Flippable:

https://www.flippable.org/stand-with-flippable

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spread the Word and Vote for These Three Democrats in Virginia on Jan 10, 2017.

Do you live in Virginia? Do you have any friends who do? Please vote for the Democrats in three state special elections that will take place on January 10, 2017.

Democrat Cheryl Turpin is running for a house seat to represent district 85, which covers Virginia Beach. District 85 has been characterized as a toss-up. The seat had been held by a Republican; Turpin could turn it blue. She faces Republican Rocky Holcomb.

Democrat Ryant Washington is running for a state senate seat, representing district 22. It covers several entire counties: Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, and Goochland, plus some of Louisa County and some of the city of Lynchburg. It is open because its Republican holder was elected to Congress.

Washington is up against Republican Mark Peake and independent conservative Joseph Hines for this seat. This is a Republican area but Washington has a chance, seeing as the other conservative option could split the vote.

Democrat Jennifer McClellan is running for a state senate seat, representing district 9, which includes parts of Richmond; all of Charles City County; and parts of Hanover County and Henrico County. Its Democratic holder just got elected to Congress. McClellan does not have a Republican opponent.

If you can only support one of the three, focus on Cheryl Turpin. If you need to prioritize, focus on Turpin, then Washington, then McClelland.

Virginia is one of the many state legislatures that is in Republican hands. If there are too many state legislatures dominated by Republicans, Congress could pass amendments to the Constitution. Any effort to elect Democrats to Virginia’s open state government seats will help the greater cause.

More about Cheryl Turpin:

https://cherylturpinforvb.com/about/

http://southsidedaily.com/2016/12/13/5- … andidates/

More about Ryant Washington:

Facebook, search for: Ryant Washington for Virginia State Senate – 22nd District

More about Jennifer McClelland:

http://www.jennifermcclellan.com/