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VaNews for 2019 House of Delegates - District 85 - Regular General

Local delegate calling for stricter guidelines when testing for lead in school water


A local delegate is trying to enact stricter legislation when testing for lead in school water. Delegate Alex Askew said he was inspired after elevated levels of lead were found in drinking water at multiple Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

VaNews January 17, 2020

Democrat Cheryl Turpin concedes to Republican Jen Kiggans

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The Democrat in the race for Virginia’s open 7th Senate District seat conceded Thursday to the Republican after being down by 515 votes. Cheryl Turpin, who served one term on the House of Delegates, called the winner of Tuesday’s election, Jen Kiggans, to concede, according to Kiggans’ campaign.

VaNews November 8, 2019

2 Virginia Beach statehouse races are very close. Here’s how a recount would work.

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

One delegate and one Senate race in Virginia Beach could be close enough to trigger recounts. Unofficial results from the Department of Elections show Democrat Nancy Guy beating the incumbent, Republican Del. Chris Stolle, by 18 votes in Virginia Beach’s 83rd House District. Reached by phone Wednesday, Stolle said he was certain he would win in a recount. ... On the Senate side, Democrat Cheryl Turpin is trailing Republican Jen Kiggans 50.36% to 49.49% — within the 1% margin that allows candidates to get a recount in Virginia.

VaNews November 7, 2019

GOP ex-delegate Holcomb wants his seat back in Virginia Beach

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A Virginia Beach sheriff’s deputy who spent 10 months legislating in Richmond before losing his seat by a few hundred votes is back on the ballot, facing a different Democratic challenger than the first two times he ran. Republican Norman Dewey “Rocky” Holcomb III faced Democrat Cheryl Turpin twice: he defeated her once in a January 2017 special election for the 85th House District and lost to her in November 2017.

VaNews October 31, 2019

Battle for an open Virginia Beach Senate seat could help decide control in Richmond

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The open 7th Senate District seat in Virginia Beach has risen to one of the most well-financed and most closely watched races in the contest for control of the General Assembly. Democrat Cheryl Turpin — a first-term delegate who jumped at the chance to move across the hall to the Senate when Republican Sen. Frank Wagner retired from the seat this year — is facing a challenge from Republican Jen Kiggans, a former Navy pilot who’s now a geriatric nurse practitioner.

VaNews October 30, 2019

Turpin, Kiggans debate in Virginia Beach Senate race

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The two candidates vying for a state Senate seat that hasn’t been up for grabs in 19 years made their cases to Virginia Beach business leaders on Thursday. Voters in the western part of the city will see two new names on their Nov. 5 ballot under the 7th Senate District — Cheryl Turpin and Jen Kiggans — and the outcome of the race could determine control of the entire chamber in Richmond.

VaNews October 18, 2019

In 85th Va. House race, Askew responds to Holcomb’s ‘democratic socialist’ attacks


The word socialist is being thrown around in the 85th District House of Delegates race in Virginia Beach, democratic socialist to be specific. The Democrat, Alex Askew, worked for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist,” but the question is does that make Askew a “democratic socialist” too.

VaNews October 18, 2019

Some early GOP markers for hot House races

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

A national Republican group that focuses on state races has placed some early markers for high priority Virginia House of Delegates races, including two in Hampton Roads. The Republican State Leadership Committee gave $45,000 each to Del. Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, and Rocky Holcomb, who is seeking to win back for the GOP the Virginia Beach district won by Del. Cheryl Turpin in 2017. (Turpin is seeking to flip the state Senate district long represented by the retiring Frank Wagner.)

VaNews August 28, 2019

Cheryl Turpin to face Jen Kiggans in Virginia Senate battle; Lynwood Lewis easily wins

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A one-term Virginia Beach delegate and a former Navy pilot-turned-geriatric nurse clinched the nominations for their respective parties in the 7th Senate District and will face each other in the November election.

VaNews June 12, 2019

Democrat in contested state Senate primary makes support for Northam an issue

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

As Democrats continue to figure out how they should associate with embattled Gov. Ralph Northam, one of them has made her decision. Kim Howard, a Democratic candidate for state Senate in Virginia Beach, is with him. And she’s challenging Del. Cheryl Turpin, one of her opponents in the primary in Senate District 7, to join her.

VaNews May 7, 2019