FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2017
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action Endorses Cheryl Turpin for State Delegate in Virginia’s 85th District
Turpin Is a High School Science Teacher Who Spent 24 Years In the Classroom, Running Against a Brand New Incumbent
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Cheryl Turpin, who is running for Virginia State Delegate. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
Cheryl Turpin released the following statement:
"As a STEM educator, I am proud to be endorsed by 314 Action. In my classroom as a science teacher, I spend a lot of time teaching my students about peer reviewed science. Today I am glad my political campaign has been peer reviewed by my colleagues and they are giving their seal of approval through 314 Action's endorsement."
Founder and Board President of 314 Action Shaughnessy Naughton released the following statement:
“Cheryl has dedicated her life to inspiring young minds to take an interest in science, and 314 Action is proud to endorse her for State Delegate. Science is under attack at both the federal and state level, and we need more candidates like Cheryl who understand the importance of robust funding for STEM education, as well as the fact that scientific consensus around matters such as climate change does not leave them up for debate.”
Cheryl is a high school science teacher who has spent over 24 years in the classroom while sharing her love of science with the next generations of students. Cheryl spent much of her career working with at-risk students and currently teaches AP Environment Science.
Active in her community for years, Cheryl is a member of the Sierra Club and has taken leadership roles in local organizations like the Make a Difference Foundation. In the state legislature, Cheryl will stand up to polluters who poison our water, fight to ensure that every child lives in a world with clean water and air, as well as giving teachers the resources to bring more technology into the classroom.
After seeing Donald Trump elected in November 2016, Cheryl decided she had to step up and run for office herself. Cheryl’s local State Delegate was elected to Congress triggering one of the first special elections of 2017, which was held in early January before Trump entered office and Democratic special election performance drastically increased.
Although Cheryl didn’t win her special election earlier this year, she outperformed Hillary Clinton’s top of the ticket performance just a few months before and increased her name identification in the district for the district’s regularly scheduled election in November 2017.
Cheryl is running for State Delegate against a brand-new incumbent with limited name identification. Having only been in office for less than a year, Cheryl’s opponent Del. Rocky Holcomb already voted to protect toxic waste dumpers, sided with polluters put won’t allow us to see what chemicals they put in our water and has seen his campaign propped up by donations from the oil and gas industry. In addition, Holcomb has close ties and refused to denounce the leader of an anti-Muslim hate group who continues to volunteer on his campaign.
Cheryl’s district is one of the most closely contested districts of 2017, in the past her district was won by Donald Trump and Mitt Romney by an average of 150 votes. What we are able to accomplish in Virginia in 2017 will demonstrate the strength of our movement and will be a strong indicator that we will be able to take back Congress in 2018. Cheryl needs your help today.
314 Action has also endorsed challengers Jackie Rosen (Senate-NV), Hans Keirstead (CA-48) and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), as well as incumbents Jerry McNerney (CA-9), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Louise Slaughter (NY-25).
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 225,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit 314action.org