2017 Sister Races
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Washington STate Senate - District 45
Manka Dhingra is running for State Senate to address critical needs in education funding, mental health, violence prevention, and to protect the rights of women. She is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, an award winning PTSA mom, an anti-domestic violence advocate and community leader. She has said that Trump's election motivated her to run for office.
Virginia House of delegates - District 12
Chris Hurst was motivated to run by a profound personal tragedy. In 2015, Chris was a local news anchor at WDBJ when his fiancée and fellow journalist Alison Parker was fatally shot while reporting live on television. He is now running against a Republican incumbent who has been endorsed by the NRA. During his time as a journalist, Chris was recognized as “Media Person of the Year” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Citizen of the Year” by the Roanoke NAACP, and “Your Local Hero” by the readers of the Roanoker magazine. He twice won a regional Edward R. Murrow award and was nominated for an Emmy award.
Virginia House of delegates - District 32
David Reid stated on deciding to run for office, “I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past year talking with people in the community about their concerns and frustrations with the ‘business as usual’ politics in Richmond.” Reid added, “The people of Loudoun County are very ‘results-oriented’ and my experience in the Navy, in the community, and in business will provide them with innovative, bipartisan solutions to address the issues of transportation, education, college affordability, and public safety.”David Reid served 23 years in the US Navy Reserve, as a Naval Intelligence Officer, where he retired as a Commander (the equivalent of a US Army Lieutenant Colonel).
Virginia House of delegates - District 34
Delegate Kathleen Murphy represents Virginia’s 34th District, located in Fairfax and Loudoun County. The House District includes McLean, Vienna, Wolf Trap, Great Falls and parts of Eastern Loudoun. She is a member of the House Finance and the Privileges and Elections Committees. She also belongs to the Military and Veterans Caucus and the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus. She serves on the Board of Veterans Services and chairs the Women Veterans Workgroup. When Barbara Comstock was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2014, Murphy ran in the special election to succeed Comstock in the Virginia House of Delegates. Murphy defeated Republican Craig Parisot to win the seat in a 2015 Special Election.
Virginia House of delegates - District 50
Lee Carter is an IT specialist who lives in the City of Manassas. He is an active member of the Manassas City Democratic Committee, and spends much of his time working as a community organizer and activist – particularly in the areas of affordable housing and worker protections. Throughout Lee’s career and civic engagement his focus has been on helping others – whether that was in his service in the Marine Corps, helping provide cancer patients with consistent care by maintaining biomedical radiation therapy equipment, or assisting small local businesses with IT support. Lee is committed to the 50th district, and will fight hard to address the challenges that residents in the community – and across the Commonwealth – face.
Virginia House of delegates - District 85
Cheryl Turpin grew up in an active military family. After serving in the Army for 23 years, Cheryl’s father retired from service and her family resided in Fairfax County, Virginia. For the past 18 years, Cheryl’s family has called the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach home. Cheryl has spent much of her career working with at-risk students.
She is a partner in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) community. AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college. Cheryl is a long-time member of both the Virginia Education Association and the National Education Association. She previously ran in a Special Election for District 85.
Virginia House of delegates - District 87
Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His ability to build consensus among diverse participants produced savings and cost reductions throughout the world, including $200 million saved annually from his work in Iceland.
Bell previously ran for the office of Virginia House of Delegates in 2015. Bell defeated Nguyen (R) and Suojanen (L) in the general election.
Virginia House of delegates - District 94
Zack Wittkamp is an entrepreneur who has spent most of his life in Newport News. It's where he met his wife, Allie, where he started two businesses, and where he and his wife have chosen to raise their five year old daughter, Larkin. Zack is running because he believes in Newport News and wants to make sure that it remains a place where people want to stay and raise their families.
In all of the opportunities he’s pursued, nothing has been achieved without teamwork and a cooperative spirit. Understanding and listening to the viewpoints of others and getting outside of a vacuum allows us to accomplish so much more than choosing to go it alone. It is this collaborative approach that Zack plans to bring to the House of Delegates.