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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 54Short Term

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Cheryl C. Turner

Attorney/State Commissioner
4,072 votes (9.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create more jobs and foster a strong economy.
  • Address the homelessness crisis and create more affordable housing, along with rent and mortgage payment assistance.
  • Provide quality medical care and prescription drug coverage for all.



Managing Attorney, Turner & Associates/ Law Offices of Cheryl Turner (2000–current)
Commissioner, California State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians — Appointed position (2017–current)
Commissioner, Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority — Appointed position (2014–2016)


University of Southern California (U.S.C.) Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Law and International Relations/Psychology (current)

Community Activities

President of the Board, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (2021–current)
Legal Adjunct, NAACP-Hollywood Beverly Hills Branch (2019–current)
Executive Board Member, FAME Santa Monica Redevelopment Corporation (2016–current)
Chair of the State Legislation Committee, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (2017–2020)
Chair of the Legal Committee, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (2016–2017)


I am an environmental, civil rights and consumer rights attorney with a demonstrated history of public service especially with the underserved in our community. I am familiar with the challenges experienced by small businesses since I have had the experience of running my own small business. I am the candidate that is most familiar with the issues and concerns of the various communities that make up our district since I have always attended school, lived here and worked in the district.

I have a long history of advocacy in Sacramento working to promote consumer rights, healthcare, education, criminal and civil justice reform and fair housing laws. This history of working directly with legislators in Sacramento makes me the candidate who will best be able to step in mid-session to fill our open seat in the Assembly. As a lawyer, I have helped this community by protecting the right to vote, advocating for clean air by representing this area before the South Coast Air Quality Management District, fighting against the release of toxic pesticides into the environment, fighting in court for law enforcement accountability against their use of excessive force; arguing for fairness in criminal sentencing guidelines and for second chances for those who evidenced their rehabilitation; protecting the rights of students to fair access to education; and by advocating for the right to jobs on public works projects being built within our community.  As your next State Assembly Member, I will use that experience, determination and commitment to this community to work with you to promote transparency, create jobs, address homelessness and restart our economy.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $36,851

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Cheryl C. Turner
Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles
Californians for Fair Housing
Centinela Medical Center
Employees of Sepulveda Building

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.35%)
Small contributions (0.65%)

By Type:

From organizations (30.87%)
From individuals (69.13%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I will provide transparency; keep an open door policy; meet regularly with members of our community and keep them informed. I will work to create jobs, and keep taxes to a minimum. I will help to improve the economy and our environment by promoting the development of clean energy public infrastructure within our community. I will work to increase affordable housing. I will address the after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our education, health and welfare. I will work tirelessly to improve our district and I will never give up until we accomplish what is best for our community.

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