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Who is Katie Webb Cyphert?

Awards and achievements

  • Democratic Party of Virginia Grassroots Award Winner 2014

  • Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Candidates Training Program graduate 2013

  • Lynchburg Citizens Academy graduate 2007

  • Lynchburg College, Bachelor’s of Sciences, Psychology-Special Education 2002

  • E.C.Glass High School Honors Diploma 1998


Community Involvement

  • Democratic Committee Chair 2014-present

  • Project Oasis 2015-present

  • Sphex Club of Lynchburg 2015-present

  • Girl Scouts Troop Leader 2015-2017

  • Voter Protection Council Democratic Party of Virginia 2016-2017

  • Lynchburg Democratic Committee Vice Chair 2008-2012

  • Young Professionals of Central Virginia board member 2008-2012

  • Friends of Rivermont 2003-2006

  • Lynchburg Education Association President 2005-2006

Hill City roots: Along with her five siblings, Katie Webb Cyphert grew up in Lynchburg where she attended city schools. She started working at age 14 driving the kids train at River Ridge Mall and found her passion for education at E.C. High School as a teacher’s assistant for students with special needs. Her husband works at Lynchburg College, and her daughters attend Lynchburg City Schools.


Hard work: Katie put herself through school at Lynchburg College working in restaurants as a dishwasher, server, and manager. After graduating with a psychology and special education degree, she taught special education and then worked as a financial services and insurance professional before returning to the classroom as a Linkhorne Middle School science teacher.


Energetic advocacy: When her daughter wanted to join Girl Scouts but the troop was full, Katie started a new one. As a grassroots activist and local Democratic committee chairwoman, she enjoys campaigning door-to-door where she gets to meet the wonderful people of Lynchburg and discuss their concerns about the community.


Dedicated volunteer: Katie has served many community organizations as a volunteer and board member. She’s currently working with Project Oasis, an organization dedicated to addressing the city’s food deserts. She’s taught her daughters the importance of community service, and they often volunteer alongside her.

Why I'm Running for City Council

``I believe we can do more.``

“I perform this office with great good will, as nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be useful to the town of Lynchburg, and to promote it’s prosperity.  I consider it as the most interesting spot in the state, and the most entitled to general patronage for it’s industry, enterprise, and correct course.”

-Thomas Jefferson to Samuel J. Harrison, October 7, 1817

Lynchburg is home for me: both childhood hometown and my hometown by choice as an adult.  I have been able to further my education, work in both education and business, purchase a home, and raise my own family here.  The heart of this community is our people, which our government exists to serve.

I have seen Lynchburg as a child, as a college student, and as an adult.  I’ve been the Kindergarten student at Linkhorne Elementary and now have my own children in Lynchburg City Schools.  I have worked in locally-owned restaurants and served on the boards of local nonprofits.  I am an alumna of Lynchburg College and my husband works there now.  Through school, work, volunteering, and life, I love meeting new people, learning more about their experiences, and helping people connect.

I’m running for City Council because I believe we can do more.  Lynchburg has a long history, along with infrastructure desperately in need of replacement.  We have some incredible agencies and organizations, along with folks who may not be connected to needed services.  The strength of this city is our community, which I would love to serve on City Council.