Campaigns and Elections

O'Brien Speaks to Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Nov 2 2006 - 7:36pm

Sean O'Brien was the keynote speaker at a recent gathering of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. O'Brien shared the Sorensen perspective on this year's campaigns—underscoring his hopes that Virginians will demand more positive, ethically-centered, issue-driven political campaigns in the future. The meeting was held at Keswick Hall outside Charlottesville on Wednesday evening, November 1.

O'Brien Comments on Allen/Webb race on "Live at 5"
Oct 9 2006 - 1:00pm

Sean O'Brien was a "Live at 5" guest on CBS 19 in Charlottesville on Thursday, October 5. The interview focused on the role of character in the George Allen/Jim Webb senate race.


Webb/Allen Debate #2
Sep 15 2006 - 9:51am

MEDIA ALERT: Incumbent Senator George Allen and challenger Jim Webb will discuss the issues in a nationally televised debate on Meet the Press this Sunday, September 17, with Tim Russert. This one-hour event will be broadcast live. Click here to find out where to watch in your region.

Schuckman is Southern Region Nominee in Nationwide Election
Sep 7 2006 - 7:06am

Greg Schuckman, a graduate of the Political Leaders Class of 1998, is running in a nationwide election for an at-large seat on the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees.  Having received the nomination of the southern region, Schuckman is one of six candidates vying for three seats. The election will be held on October 13. Good luck Greg!

Bloggers Kenney and Feld on "Charlottesville--Right Now"
Sep 2 2006 - 1:29pm

Coy Barefoot took a journey into the blogosphere this past week on "Charlottesville--Right Now" when he interviewed two of the Commonwealth's most well-read and respected political bloggers: Republican Shaun Kenney of and Democrat Lowell Feld of RaisingKaine. Both interviews focused on the Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb--including a discussion of the impact, if any, of Allen's "macaca" remark.


WSJ Election Coverage
Aug 28 2006 - 8:18am

Sorensen alumni and friends may enjoy the Wall Street Journal's Battleground States Poll webpage which tracks polling in this year's U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial races. The headline polling news in Virginia this morning is that challenger Jim Webb has pulled slightly ahead of incumbent George Allen--still within the margin of error but up from up from a double-digit deficit less than eight weeks ago.

O'Brien Comments on Webb Campaign Fundraising
Aug 8 2006 - 1:16pm

The Washington Examiner quotes Sean O'Brien in today's issue in an article titled "Webb Raises Nearly $100K Through Web Site."

Sean O’Brien, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for
Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, said it was
imperative for Webb to grow his campaign war chest this month to
convince people he can be competitive in the fall. “We’re in
August now, and it’s hard to get campaigns to get traction in August.
It’s one of the most important times,” he said.

Click here to read the full article.

O'Brien Comments on Senate Race
Aug 2 2006 - 12:45pm

Sorensen Executive Director Sean O'Brien was quoted in today's issue of the Washington Examiner regarding the U.S. Senate Race in Virginia:

"...a University of Virginia political expert warns that without a
large fundraising push this month, Webb will likely not be able to
compete with incumbent George Allen. According to federal
campaign finance records, as of June 30 Webb has raised $1.1 million in
funds, compared to the $10.3 million that Allen has raised.

going to take Webb several million to be competitive,” said Sean
O’Brien, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political
Leadership at the University of Virginia. O’Brien said the amount
of money being raised will likely be a self-fulfilling prophecy — if
Webb begins to raise money, more is likely to come in, as more voters
will believe he has a chance to defeat Allen. However, if he cannot
improve fundraising, it will be difficult to convince people to

Click here to read the complete article.

UPDATE: O'Brien was also quoted in the August 3 edition along with UVA's Larry Sabato.
Click here to read that article.

New CLP Grad Scores Campaign Internship
Aug 2 2006 - 9:34am


This just in: College Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduate Brady DeRemer has accepted an internship with the Republican Party of Virginia in the First Congressional District, doing work on Senator George Allen's and Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis' re-election campaigns.  Brady will be assisting both camps for the rest of the summer and then on through the November 7 elections.

Congratulations Brady!

Alumnus Muse is Consultant in Congo Elections
Jul 31 2006 - 8:32am


Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Adisa Muse (shown here with former Lieutnenant Governor John Hager), has traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he served as a consultant during the elections that were held there yesterday.

Muse is working with Dr. Oscar Kashala, one of over 30 candidates that stood for the Presidency yesterday-- the first free multi-party elections in the Congo in 40 years.

Muse reports in an email that results of yesterday's election might not be known for a couple of weeks-- at which time the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election for the Presidency.

Click here for more information and background on these historic elections

Click here for the latest news from the UN, which is helping to oversee the elections

Featured Alumni

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    Craig Fifer

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2003

    Craig is the E-Government Manager for the City of Alexandria. At our 2006 Alumni Reunion, Craig was presented the annual Service to Sorensen Award for the generous donations of his time, talents, and efforts to the work of the Sorensen Institute.