VA House 85 – 2019VA House 85 – 2019

District Description:City of Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Cheryl Turpin since 2018 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats flipped this district in 2017 by just 389 votes. Holcomb, the Republican sheriff’s deputy who lost in 2017, is back for a rematch, but Cheryl Turpin, who beat him, is not, opting instead to run for Senate. Democrats nominated Askew, a longtime political and campaign aide, to replace her. Republicans say the fact that their candidate is coming to the table with name recognition from a past campaign and a short stint as a delegate boosts their chances.”

Summary

District Description:City of Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Cheryl Turpin since 2018 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats flipped this district in 2017 by just 389 votes. Holcomb, the Republican sheriff’s deputy who lost in 2017, is back for a rematch, but Cheryl Turpin, who beat him, is not, opting instead to run for Senate. Democrats nominated Askew, a longtime political and campaign aide, to replace her. Republicans say the fact that their candidate is coming to the table with name recognition from a past campaign and a short stint as a delegate boosts their chances.”

VA House District 85

District Map (PDF)

VA State House District #85

Alex Askew

Current Position: Legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 US Senator VA House District 85

For more information, see Alex Askew’s post.

I was born in Virginia Beach and raised here by my mother, a public school teacher. I came up through the Virginia Beach public education system, including Tallwood High School, before attending Hampton University. After graduating, I worked for nearly seven election cycles on a variety of local, state-wide, and national campaigns and projects.

I now serve as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates, guiding elected officials towards tangible solutions. I’ve helped craft groundbreaking legislation such as the nationwide Ashanti Alert (a public alert system for missing and endangered adults), Medicaid expansion, affordable housing expansion, and school safety initiatives.

Outside of work, I remain engaged in this community. I am an active member of New Jerusalem Ministries, where I mentor and tutor local youth. I am a founding board member of the New Leaders Council Virginia, as well as a board member for the Democratic Business Alliance of South Hampton Roads and a 2018 graduate of UVA’s Political Leaders Program.

Thank you to the residents of Virginia Beach for being my motivation throughout my life. You have inspired me to fight for affordable healthcare, quality education, economic opportunities, and a safe environment for all of us. Together, we can create positive change for our community.

Rocky Holcomb

Current Position: Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 85

For more information, see Rocky Holcomb’s post.

Rocky Holcomb 1Rocky Holcomb is the Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, where he has served since 1991, following his time in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Regent University, with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management, and he is a distinguished graduate of the West Point Leadership Course.

Rocky represented the 85th House of Delegates District from 2017-2018 as the first ever full time law enforcement member to be Elected to the Virginia General Assembly. He has proven to be able to work across the aisle to pass common sense legislation that best represents his constituents.

Rocky and his wife of 25 years, Tracie, live in Kempsville with their two children who are attending Old Dominion University and Mary Washington University.

Issues

Education

Alex Askew

Our young people are the key to a successful future. Each and every student in our district deserves the best public education we can provide them. We must strengthen our public education system by providing teachers and parents with adequate resources to help our children succeed.

Teacher pay raises
Let’s raise teacher pay to at least the national average.

Expanding access to early childhood education
By providing more children with the opportunity to enter into the classroom early and jumpstart their educational development, we will better prepare them to meet their curriculum standards and perform well on standardized tests.

College tuition
For students pursuing higher education, we must make tuition at our colleges and universities affordable. In our ever-expanding global economy, higher education is more essential than ever. Students should not be burdened with mounting student loan debt because they chose to continue their education and improve their lives for themselves and their families. We must ensure that the coming generations have the resources to save, acquire wealth, and invest in their communities.

Rocky Holcomb

All students deserve the right to a quality education, and parents deserve to have a say in that education based on their child’s needs. Taxpayer’s dollars need to be spent to increase teacher pay, and increase the resources available to students in the classroom. Tuition freezes and expanding vocational training will help young adults get the education they need to transition into a career following high school.

Safety

Alex Askew

We must pass legislation to guarantee that our coastlines are permanently protected from offshore drilling and large polluters.

No one in Virginia should ever have to worry if their air is safe to breathe or if their water is clean to drink. Richmond must hold polluters accountable for their actions and we must act immediately to ensure a clean and sustainable environment.

Criminal justice reform
We must do more as a Commonwealth to make sure that our criminal justice system is equitable and serves justice fairly to every citizen of Virginia.

Alex is also a proponent of establishing a process for the restoration of voting rights for those have served their time and repaid their debt to society.

Rocky Holcomb

Criminal Justice Reform
As a law enforcement officer, I have the knowledge and experience to pass legislation that improves our criminal justice system. Improving rehabilitation programs for those who are incarcerated will help with their reintegration into society, and help ensure they do not re-offend, improving public safety. Those who are incarcerated based on circumstances caused by drug addiction or mental illness need to get help, not sit in jail untreated. Taking more time to evaluate those who are arrested and get them the help they need will save lives, and prevent more tragic incidents.

Healthcare

Alex Askew

The General Assembly must continue to protect every Virginian’s access to affordable healthcare.

Infrastructure

Rocky Holcomb

I will work in a bi-partisan manner to find common sense solutions to the Hampton Roads traffic congestion issue, and make sure tax dollars towards transportation is spent wisely. I will also work towards reducing tolls for residents who have to travel through the Norfolk tunnel on a daily basis. It should not cost the residents of Hampton Roads money out of their pocket just to get to work.

Better Government

Rocky Holcomb

Protecting the Middle Class
As a member of the middle class, I understand how heavy taxation can strangle a household. I will not vote to raise taxes as a member of the General Assembly. Small business is the cornerstone of the economy, and small business owners should be able to conduct their business without burdensome regulations. My goal is to make sure my fellow neighbors and community members get to keep their hard earned money in the own pockets.

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Karen Greenhalgh 1Karen Greenhalgh

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 85 since 2022
Affiliation: Republican

Karen founded and developed Heritage Woodworks Inc., a highly successful custom cabinet manufacturing facility, which has spawned several growing Virginia Beach businesses.

Karen knows how to make businesses grow. She knows what it’s like to be an employer and an employee.

After selling Heritage Woodworks, Karen devoted herself to community service.  She chose to volunteer as a counselor for local crisis pregnancy centers, where her mother had been a volunteer.

When Karen’s business acumen was discovered, she was asked to join the staff as manager.  While she streamlined the business operations and improved patient care, Karen continued to serve as counselor.

Source: Campaign page

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 85 since 2022
Affiliation: Republican

Karen founded and developed Heritage Woodworks Inc., a highly successful custom cabinet manufacturing facility, which has spawned several growing Virginia Beach businesses.

Karen knows how to make businesses grow. She knows what it’s like to be an employer and an employee.

After selling Heritage Woodworks, Karen devoted herself to community service.  She chose to volunteer as a counselor for local crisis pregnancy centers, where her mother had been a volunteer.

When Karen’s business acumen was discovered, she was asked to join the staff as manager.  While she streamlined the business operations and improved patient care, Karen continued to serve as counselor.

Source: Campaign page

Twitter

About

Karen Greenhalgh

Source: Campaign page

As a parent, Karen has experience with public, private and homeschooling.  Karen was one of the first homeschoolers in Virginia with Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV).

Both of her children attended universities and graduated with honors.

Karen is not a politician.  She has real world experience in creating jobs and solving problems.  She has demonstrated a deep compassion for the most vulnerable in our community.  Karen always exceeds expectations. Karen gets things done.

Contact

Legislative Assistant : Jacob Carasella
Administrative Assistant During Session : Christopher Russell

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
E425
Phone: (804) 698-1085

District Office
P.O. Box 62945
Virginia Beach, VA 23466

Phone: (757) 598-1733

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, LinkedIn

Politics

Source: Campaign

Committee Membership

Education
Privileges and Elections
Communications, Technology and Innovation

Subcommittee Membership

Education – Higher Education Subcommittee
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #1
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee # 3
Communications, Technology and Innovation – Communications Subcommittee

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Protecting Education

In the 2020 session of the General Assembly, several new laws passed that pose direct dangers to students and teachers in our public schools.  Karen raised awareness of several of these bills.  As Delegate of the 85th, she will diligently work to return the focus our schools to measurable academic instruction, and to assure a safe environment for every student and teacher.

In the 2021 Session of the General Assembly, a constitutional amendment was proposed to remove the Virginia Department of Education from oversight by the General Assembly.  As a Delegate, Karen would oppose this amendment in the 2022 Session.  The mission of the VDOE is to “prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education and the workplace, and to become engaged and enlightened citizens.”  While the mission is admirable and challenging, the oversight of the elected legislators, must continue.  Parents do not want unelected VDOE employees making critical decisions without oversight by the elected officials.

Protecting Businesses

As a small business owner, Karen understands the importance of defending Virginia’s Right to Work status.  Being a Right to Work state is the primary factor in being considered a business-friendly state; losing the Right to Work protection will be devastating to our business community.

As your Delegate, Karen will encourage discussion with business stakeholders when any new legislation or regulations are being considered, to understand and consider the impact of proposed changes.  The General Assembly must work with our business community, to make decisions that will Restore Virginia.

Karen opposes the recent mantra of tax and spend. Government should seek every opportunity to cut waste, fraud and abuse before raising taxes.  Small businesses must be protected against unneccessary burdens placed by taxes, as small business drives the economy of Virginia.

Public Safety

Efforts to defund our law enforcement officers are counterproductive to solving the issues we face as a society.  In Virginia Beach, we are fortunate to have a top-notch police department that is far ahead of cities our size throughout the country.  While crime rose in 2020, Virginia Beach still remains a leader in public safety.  This is attributed to the noble men and women in law enforcement that put their lives on the line to keep us safe.  As your Delegate, Karen will support modest pay increases on par with the increased cost of living for members of law enforcement.

Human Trafficking

In 2020, there were over 100 human trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline that mentioned Virginia.  Human trafficking is an issue that must receive further attention in Virginia as victims often go unheard.  Victims of human trafficking are often our youth, or those living in poverty or oppressive situations, and we must work with law enforcement and community groups to stop these violations of human decency.

Health Care

No person should be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition.  Virginia’s healthcare system requires substantial reforms to reach where we should be.  It is imperative that healthcare continues to adapt to involve telemedicine and more over the counter treatments. Virginia continues to lack the resources to improve care in the field of mental health and treatment programs.  Karen is well versed and experienced in the field of healthcare as she is a nationally renowned expert in ensuring the privacy and safety of patients through her business, Cyber Tygr.

Equality of Women

Karen served as a counselor for women in crisis situations, facing critical decisions.  The 2020 General Assembly lowered the basic health and safety standards that abortion facilities must meet, and removed requirements of informed consent from these vulnerable women.  These medical service providers are no longer required to provide information which would be required for any other medical procedure.  The current delegate voted in favor of these changes.  As Delegate, Karen will fight to reinstate these protections for women.

College Access and Affordability

The price of higher education is rocketing out of control, and out of reach for too many Virginia Beach families.  As your Delegate, Karen will fight to have fiscally responsible initiatives implemented in our institutes of higher learning.  State funded institutions should be focused on the implementation of virtual learning when available.  Our community college system is a great resource for those who seek to enter higher education.

Workforce Training and Skilled Trades

Our workforce is in need of those with skilled trades such as electricians, weldors and HVAC experts. These skilled positions allow for great wages and an ability to start one’s own company.  As Karen started her first business in her garage and grew the company into a custom manufacturing facilty in Suffolk, she appreciates the need for people in skilled trades.

Environment

Clean air and water is the foundation of a healthy planet and natural world.  As your Delegate, Karen will stand up to those who pollute our Chesapeake Bay and Rivers.  It is critical that Virginia works to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay oyster population.  Oysters not only act as an organic water filter, but serve as an economic boon for our economy.

Constitutional Power

Our founding fathers understood the need for checks and balances to control power in the federal government.  Governor Northam has shown we must apply that principle to the Governorship.  As Delegate, Karen will join the ongoing battle to restrict the Emergency Powers of the Governor.

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Alex Askew 1Alex Askew

Current Position: State Delegate for District 85 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

Alan Askew has served as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates, guiding elected officials towards tangible solutions. He’s helped craft groundbreaking legislation such as the nationwide Ashanti Alert (a public alert system for missing and endangered adults), Medicaid expansion, affordable housing expansion, and school safety initiatives.

Outside of work, he has remained engaged in this community. I am an active member of New Jerusalem Ministries, where I mentor and tutor local youth. I am a founding board member of the New Leaders Council Virginia, as well as a board member for the Democratic Business Alliance of South Hampton Roads and a 2018 graduate of UVA’s Political Leaders Program.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 85 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

Alan Askew has served as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates, guiding elected officials towards tangible solutions. He’s helped craft groundbreaking legislation such as the nationwide Ashanti Alert (a public alert system for missing and endangered adults), Medicaid expansion, affordable housing expansion, and school safety initiatives.

Outside of work, he has remained engaged in this community. I am an active member of New Jerusalem Ministries, where I mentor and tutor local youth. I am a founding board member of the New Leaders Council Virginia, as well as a board member for the Democratic Business Alliance of South Hampton Roads and a 2018 graduate of UVA’s Political Leaders Program.

About

Source: Campaign page

I was born in Virginia Beach and raised here by my mother, a public school teacher. I came up through the Virginia Beach public education system, including Tallwood High School, before attending Hampton University. After graduating, I worked for nearly seven election cycles on a variety of local, state-wide, and national campaigns and projects.

I now serve as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates, guiding elected officials towards tangible solutions. I’ve helped craft groundbreaking legislation such as the nationwide Ashanti Alert (a public alert system for missing and endangered adults), Medicaid expansion, affordable housing expansion, and school safety initiatives.

Outside of work, I remain engaged in this community. I am an active member of New Jerusalem Ministries, where I mentor and tutor local youth. I am a founding board member of the New Leaders Council Virginia, as well as a board member for the Democratic Business Alliance of South Hampton Roads and a 2018 graduate of UVA’s Political Leaders Program.

Thank you to the residents of Virginia Beach for being my motivation throughout my life. You have inspired me to fight for affordable healthcare, quality education, economic opportunities, and a safe environment for all of us. Together, we can create positive change for our community.

https://vimeo.com/387865009

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Alex Q. Askew (D)12,07951.64%
N. D. “Rocky” Holcomb III (R)11,27748.21%
Write-In (Write-in)330.14%
TOTAL23,389

Issues

Education

Our young people are the key to a successful future. Each and every student in our district deserves the best public education we can provide them. We must strengthen our public education system by providing teachers and parents with adequate resources to help our children succeed.

Teacher pay raises
Let’s raise teacher pay to at least the national average.

Expanding access to early childhood education
By providing more children with the opportunity to enter into the classroom early and jumpstart their educational development, we will better prepare them to meet their curriculum standards and perform well on standardized tests.

College tuition
For students pursuing higher education, we must make tuition at our colleges and universities affordable. In our ever-expanding global economy, higher education is more essential than ever. Students should not be burdened with mounting student loan debt because they chose to continue their education and improve their lives for themselves and their families. We must ensure that the coming generations have the resources to save, acquire wealth, and invest in their communities.

Health Care

Healthcare

The General Assembly must continue to protect every Virginian’s access to affordable healthcare.

Safety

We must pass legislation to guarantee that our coastlines are permanently protected from offshore drilling and large polluters.

No one in Virginia should ever have to worry if their air is safe to breathe or if their water is clean to drink. Richmond must hold polluters accountable for their actions and we must act immediately to ensure a clean and sustainable environment.

Criminal justice reform
We must do more as a Commonwealth to make sure that our criminal justice system is equitable and serves justice fairly to every citizen of Virginia.

Alex is also a proponent of establishing a process for the restoration of voting rights for those have served their time and repaid their debt to society.

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Rocky HolcombRocky Holcomb

Current Position: Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Twitter

About

Rocky Holcomb 1

Source: Campaign page

Rocky Holcomb is the Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, where he has served since 1991, following his time in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Regent University, with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management, and he is a distinguished graduate of the West Point Leadership Course.

Rocky represented the 85th House of Delegates District from 2017-2018 as the first ever full time law enforcement member to be Elected to the Virginia General Assembly. He has proven to be able to work across the aisle to pass common sense legislation that best represents his constituents.

Rocky and his wife of 25 years, Tracie, live in Kempsville with their two children who are attending Old Dominion University and Mary Washington University.

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Issues

Governance

Protecting the Middle Class

As a member of the middle class, I understand how heavy taxation can strangle a household. I will not vote to raise taxes as a member of the General Assembly. Small business is the cornerstone of the economy, and small business owners should be able to conduct their business without burdensome regulations. My goal is to make sure my fellow neighbors and community members get to keep their hard earned money in the own pockets.

Education

All students deserve the right to a quality education, and parents deserve to have a say in that education based on their child’s needs. Taxpayer’s dollars need to be spent to increase teacher pay, and increase the resources available to students in the classroom. Tuition freezes and expanding vocational training will help young adults get the education they need to transition into a career following high school.

Infrastructure

Transportation

I will work in a bi-partisan manner to find common sense solutions to the Hampton Roads traffic congestion issue, and make sure tax dollars towards transportation is spent wisely. I will also work towards reducing tolls for residents who have to travel through the Norfolk tunnel on a daily basis. It should not cost the residents of Hampton Roads money out of their pocket just to get to work.

Safety

Criminal Justice Reform

As a law enforcement officer, I have the knowledge and experience to pass legislation that improves our criminal justice system. Improving rehabilitation programs for those who are incarcerated will help with their reintegration into society, and help ensure they do not re-offend, improving public safety. Those who are incarcerated based on circumstances caused by drug addiction or mental illness need to get help, not sit in jail untreated. Taking more time to evaluate those who are arrested and get them the help they need will save lives, and prevent more tragic incidents.

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Cheryl Turpin 2Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Cheryl Turpin 1

Source: Campaign page

Delegate 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. Her two adult daughters – Ellison and Patricia – attended Virginia Beach City Public Schools and are graduates of Kempsville High School.

Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia. Cheryl has invested herself and her appreciation of education into the lives of local students for the past 24 years while serving as a High School Science teacher. For the past 8 years, she has taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science.

Giving Back to Students and the Community

In 2016, Cheryl was nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Frank W. Cox High School. Cheryl has served her community for many years offering her leadership in a diverse range of organizations. Cheryl has served as a Board Member for the Make a Difference Foundation, as Activities Coordinator for several school PTA’s, a Girl Scouts Troop Leader, a coach for the Neighborhood Soccer League, and a member of the Sierra Club.

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.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Teacher

Education

  • M.ED
    University of Virginia
    2002
  • BS
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    1987

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Fort Bragg, NC
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Children: Patricia and Ellison

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Dominic Melito
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mari Wadsworth

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1085

District Office
P.O. Box 66557
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
Office:
Phone: (757) 965-9763

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate

Cheryl Turpin (D)11,84350.7%
Norman Dewey Holcomb, III (R)11,45449.1%
Write In (Write-in)490.2%
TOTAL23,346

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

TURPIN, CHERYL B has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $610,661.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Education

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #2
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Human Rights

  • Protect and provide healthcare to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.
  • Demand a minimum wage that allows people to provide for their families.
  • Work in a bipartisan way to overhaul our criminal justice and mental health care systems to keep the Commonwealth safe and secure.

Economy

Economic Opportunities

  • Increase infrastructure spending to improve our roads and traffic conditions to attract families and businesses to Virginia Beach.
  • Create small business loans to encourage young entrepreneurs to start new businesses.
  • Expand broadband access so that every student, business, and entrepreneur has the tools they need to stay competitive.

Education

Strengthen Education

  • Reduce the time dedicated to mandated testing and add it back into instructional time.
  • Provide full day public kindergarten for every child.
  • Give teachers the resources needed to increase the use of technology in the classroom.

Environment

Safe Environment

  • Guarantee that every child lives in a world with clean water and clean air.
  • Create a plan to protect property owners against rising sea levels due to global climate change.
  • Encourage the use of reusable and recyclable goods, which will reduce the amount of land needed to create new landfills.

Infrastructure

Transportation

  • Bring smart planning to local transportation so we can grow our economy and reduce traffic congestion at the same time.
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