Cheryl Turpin is a longtime Virginia Beach resident, teacher, and community member who is running for Senate in the 7th Senate District in Virginia Beach. She hopes to have your vote on November 5th to help build a better future for all Virginians.

From Army Brat to Science Teacher

Cheryl grew up in a military family. Her father served in the Army for 23 years and upon retirement, resided in Fairfax County with his family. Cheryl went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia. She and her family have called the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach home for the last 20 years, and her two (now adult) daughters, Ellison and Patricia, attended Virginia Beach City Public Schools throughout their childhoods.

Cheryl has served her local community for many years as a Board Member for the Make a Difference Foundation, a Girl Scouts Troop Leader, a coach for the Neighborhood Soccer League, and a member of the Sierra Club.


“Ms. Turpin”: Outstanding Local Educator

As a science teacher for almost three decades, “Ms. Turpin” loves working with local students and their parents   For the past 8 years, she’s taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science, and also works with at-risk students through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) community, which helps make college accessible to all students. Cheryl is a long-time member of the Virginia Education Association, the National Education Association, and was nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Frank W. Cox High School in 2016. 

Currently, Cheryl is a teacher at Cox High School and has taught at Tallwood, Princess Anne High School, Larkspur High School, and Lynnhaven Middle School in Virginia Beach.


From the House to the Senate

In 2017, she defeated incumbent Rocky Holcomb to become the Delegate for the 85th district, flipping the first Trump-won district in Virginia in a historic election. 

“In 2017 we started a movement in Virginia Beach. Together, we ran a campaign focused on improving our healthcare, funding our public schools, and creating real opportunities for all families. In 2018, we did just that by expanding Medicaid and by passing H.B. 2147 to ensure every student in Virginia has a fair shot at the American Dream.

Our fight is not over. Republicans in the Virginia State Senate have fought tooth and nail to deny our students the opportunities they deserve. Today we are taking our movement to the Virginia Senate to make sure schools are fully funded, fight to protect our clean air and water, and give everyone access to healthcare. In 2017 we made history. In 2019 we will forge the future.”