Meet Our 2019 Candidates
Virginia State Senate
Virginia House of Delegates
Louisiana State House of Representatives
WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT NOW?
Read about our candidates below. We are supporting three amazing women and we need your help to win!
Make a donation of $20.19 (or more if you can!) to one or hopefully, all three of our candidates. Your donation will go entirely to the candidate. Opponents are often funded by just a few big donors, so let’s show them some grassroots love!
Join us at one of our upcoming fundraisers, phone banks, or postcard parties. Our calendar has them all, with links to sign up. It is going to take a village to get this done.
Cheryl Turpin has spent almost three decades as a high school science teacher making a difference in the lives of her students. Now she is running to make a difference for Virginia Beach in the Virginia Senate. As a science teacher at Cox, Princess Anne, and Tallwood High Schools, Delegate Turpin has strong ties across Virginia Beach’s 7th Senate District.
Delegate Turpin currently represents Virginia Beach in the 85th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. She has played a key role in bringing Medicaid Expansion to Virginia, increasing teacher pay, and giving struggling schools the resources they need. As a State Senator, she will keep fighting for education, healthcare and keeping our air and water clean.
Sister District endorsed Cheryl in 2017 where she defeated incumbent Rocky Holcomb (R) in the Virginia House of Delegates District 87 election. Read more about Cheryl and VA7.
Shelly Simonds is an educator and a community leader in Newport News. A former Spanish teacher, Shelly is a member of the Newport News School Board, and she has a passion for excellence in education. The mother of two school-age daughters, she is heavily involved in Newport News Public Schools. She supports advancements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum and is an active voice in education reform. Committed to connecting students to careers, Simonds serves as Vice-Chair of the Board for New Horizons Regional Education Centers and participates in the Career and Technical Education Advisory Board for the school district.
Sister District supported Shelly in 2017 when she ran for this seat, and we’re excited to support her again. In 2017, Simonds made national headlines when she received the same number of votes as the Republican incumbent; her loss was later determined by a coin flip. This year, Democrats have a great opportunity to flip this seat. The district has historically voted for Democratic candidates at the state and national level. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won House District 94 by nearly 6 points. Read more about Shelly and HD94.
WHY IS VIRGINIA IMPORTANT?
2019 is a thrilling year for Democrats in the Commonwealth—just one seat down in both the state Senate and the House of Delegates, the party is poised to take control of the General Assembly and turn Virginia into a trifecta for the Democrats. New, court-mandated lower chamber district maps more fairly represent Democratic voters in Virginia, which means more Republican-held districts are now in play. And, these are all “Last Chance” races: the legislators elected in 2019 will be serving during the 2021 redistricting process.
In 2017, Virginia was one of the first states to hold a general election during the Trump presidency, and the historic “blue wave” of Democrats who won office was widely considered a bellwether of the Trump “resistance” movement. Sister District supported 13 races in Virginia in 2017, and we are thrilled to return to the Commonwealth in 2019 and help finish the job of flipping the legislature blue.
Dr. Tammy Savoie was born in New Orleans, La and grew up in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School and went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of New Orleans. She earned her PhD from Emory University in Clinical Psychology in 1991. She is currently licensed to practice in Louisiana and Virginia.
Dr. Savoie enlisted in the Louisiana Air National Guard in 1978 and became the first female Law Enforcement/Security Forces specialist in Louisiana. She went on to serve in the Air National Guard for 15 years before accepting a commission in the United States Air Force in 1994. She then served for 22 years on active duty before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2016 as Chief, International Health for the Air Force Central Command. Read more about Tammy and LA94.