First things first: If you are a Democrat living within this map, stop what you are doing and go vote. Right now. Go. We’ll wait.
With Scott Taylor heading to Congress, the 85th House District seat is up for grabs.
A public school teacher — exactly the kind of person I want representing us and our children — named Cheryl Turpin is running on the Democrat side. She needs your vote.
Turpin has been a high school science teacher for 24 years (bless her soul). She had enough respect for the system to send her children to Virginia public schools, too, which is more than can be said for many of our elected officials. Turpin grew up in a military family — her dad served in the Army for 23 years — so she gets that vital side of our community, too.
Turpin believes in so many of the things I do. She wants full day public kindergarten for every child. She’ll fight for clean air and clean water. She wants to “demand a minimum wage that allows people to provide for their families,” to create small business loans, and to “work in a bipartisan way to overhaul our criminal justice and mental health care systems.”
Turpin has been endorsed by NARAL, meaning she will stand and protect a woman’s reproductive rights.
These are the kind of values we need represented in Virginia.
Turpin’s opponent in the race, Rocky Holcomb, seems to be an honorable man, but coming from a background in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, he represents a kind of “law-and-order” mentality that we frankly have enough of in Virginia. Holcomb lists “speaking at D.A.R.E. graduations” in his brag list, so it’s doubtful he would be an ally in the fight against the functionally racist War on Drugs.
Scrolling through Holcomb’s Facebook page, there is little of substance. He does find time to throw in a snide reference to “liberal democrats,” so there you go.
For those of you worried about Trump — and we all should be — I would like to remind you that we have two layers of defense with our state and local governments. We need to be filling every seat in our state houses and city halls with people who share our compassionate values, so they can fight against the tyranny and plutocracy of a Trump presidency.
There are very good reasons for hope here in Virginia. Check out this blog: Can Dems Win Back the Virginia House of Delegates? Let’s Start By Winning a Bunch of These 17 “Clinton Districts!”
From that post:
See below for a graph of all 51 Virginia HoD districts won by Hillary Clinton. That’s right, I said 51 districts — out of 100, some advanced math tells us that would constitute a Democratic majority, again if we just won the districts Hillary Clinton (and in most if not all cases Barack Obama and/or Tim Kaine) won.
So…next time you hear someone complaining about how Democrats just can’t possibly take back the Virginia House of Delegates due to horrible Republicans and their terriblenogoodevil gerrymandering, tell them they are simply wrong — in fact, there are 51 districts Democrats which absolutely could, maybe even should, win, if we could only figure out how to get our voters out in non-presidential years.
If Hillary Clinton — who I believe was a weak candidate, in the end — can win more than half of the districts in Virginia, then we can find progressive candidates to win them too. It starts today by electing a school teacher named Cheryl Turpin.
Today there are also votes in Virginia’s 22nd Senate District and the 9th Senate District. As it currently stands, Republicans hold 20 seats in the state Senate, and Democrats hold 18.
“It could either fundamentally change the dynamics of the General Assembly this year or we could forget it happened,” Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University, told the Associated Press.