Gerarda Culipher

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Gerarda Culipher
Gerarda Culipher.jpg
Candidate for
Virginia Senate District 34
Bachelor'sJohns Hopkins University
J.D.Tulane Law
Personal website
Gerarda Culipher was a 2011 Republican candidate for District 34 of the Virginia State Senate.

Culipher attended Johns Hopkins University as an undergraduate. She then graduated from Tulane Law and worked as a federal judge in New Orleans. She then worked as a law clerk for a federal judge. She later became an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

Culipher ran in the 2011 election for Virginia Senate District 34. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and was defeated by incumbent Democrat John Chapman "Chap" Petersen in the November 8 general election.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Virginia State Senate, District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Chapman "Chap" Petersen Incumbent 59.8% 23,662
     Republican Gerarda Culipher 40.2% 15,933
Total Votes 39,595


Campaign themes


Culipher's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Cut Your Commute
Excerpt: "Because Northern Virginia is the economic engine of The Commonwealth, it is in everyone’s interest to Cut Your Commute. As your state senator I will work to reduce your commute, so you can get to work and then get on home, faster."
  • Cut Your Taxes
Excerpt: "As Senator for the 34th District, I will not support – and will aggressively oppose – any state tax increase upon the hard-working commuters of Northern Virginia."
  • For Your Family
Excerpt: "As your State Senator, I will champion your family budget, by using your tax dollars wisely, insisting on excellence, and ensuring that our state university system is a meaningful option for our young people."
  • Redistricting
Excerpt: "Governor McDonnell has signed the bi-partisan senate redistricting bill. Ours is one of the TOP FOUR winnable seats; it’s going to be one of the most exciting, and most fun, races in the entire state. This is GREAT news for us!"


Culipher and her husband, Bryan, have three children.

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