Candidate Training Program

Announcing the Candidate Training Program and Political Leaders Program Classes of 2015
Jan 7 2015 - 12:49pm

We are delighted to announce the members of our first two classes of 2015. The Candidate Training Program participants will meet at Carter Hall from January 22-25th. The Political Leaders Program participants will meet for the first time in Williamsburg on March 19-21.  Congratulations to all!

Candidate Training Program Class of 2015
Dale Agnew, Crozier
Dave Belote, Virginia Beach
Candice Bennett, Lorton
Travis Bird, Fredericksburg
Gerald Goad, Woodlawn
Charlie Grammick, Warrenton
Chris Harris, Alexandria
Ben Hudson, Palmyra
Jeannie Inge, Charlottesville
Monte Johnson, Ashburn
Maral Kalbian, Boyce
Sean Lenehan, Alexandria
Angela Lynn, Charlottesville
Kenya Savage, Chantilly
Don Shaw, Gainesville
Fernando Torrez, Alexandria
Carlos Turner, Claremont

Political Leaders Program Class of 2015
Andreas Addison, Richmond
Lashrecse Aird, Petersburg
Suja Amir, Glen Allen
David Boling, Arlington
Butch Bracknell, Virginia Beach
Lisette Carbajal, Bealeton
Lakshmi Challa, Glen Allen
Melody Clarke, Eastville
Traci DeShazor, Alexandria
Stephanie Ferrugia, Alton
Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville
Bryan Green, Richmond
Jamal Gunn, Virginia Beach
Razi Hashmi, Arlington
Kristian Havard, Richmond
Meg Heubeck, Waynesboro
Matt Homer, Shenandoah
Ann Jennings, Mattaponi
Ken Johnson, Richmond
Jim Kelly, Williamsburg
Jessica Killeen, Alexandria
Michael Kreps, Alexandria
Dawn Matheson, Chesapeake
Phil Miskovic, Crewe
Chris Monioudis, Roanoke
Jibran Muhammad, Falls Church
Mike Mullin, Newport News
Irma Palmer, Charlottesville
Debbie Pickford, Springfield
Taylor Pool, Arlington
Eric Postow, Richmond
Caroline Romano, Arlington
Samantha Sedivy, Richmond
Andrew Sinclair, Portsmouth
Andrew Smith, Beaverdam
Jerri Wilson, Franklin

Applications now being accepted for 2015 PLP and CTP
Sep 8 2014 - 4:06pm

The Sorensen Institute is now accepting applications for the 2015 Political Leaders Program and the 2015 Candidate Training Program.  Applications will be accepted for both programs until 11:59pm on Monday, November 10, 2014.  More information about the programs, as well as application instructions, can be found on our Application Page

If you know someone who would be a good addition to either class, feel free to submit their information to us using our Referrals Page and we will get in touch with the prospective applicant.

Congratulations CTP Class of 2013
Jan 30 2013 - 2:05pm

Congratulations to the Candidate Training Program Class of 2013, who graduated this Sunday in Millwood, Va.

Lettie Bien – Charlottesville
Tawana Campbell – Spotsylvania
Freeda Cathcart – Roanoke
Katie Cyphert – Lynchburg
Todd Divers – Charlottesville
Michael Futrell – Woodbridge
Clay Gravely – Martinsville
Jahangir Kabir – Brooklyn, NY
Jeremy McPike – Woodbridge
Jesse Rosenbaum – Alexandria
Matt Scoble – Burke
Robert Short – Lynchburg 

Sorensen Announces CTP Winter Class of 2011
Dec 21 2010 - 7:14pm

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is proud to announce those Virginians that have been accepted to participate in the Candidate Training Program Class of Winter 2011.

The Candidate Training Program (CTP) is an intensive, four-day program focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign for office. Participants explore the nuts and bolts of building a strong campaign from the ground up—all within the context of ethics and principled public service. The curriculum does not prescribe a particular set of campaign guidelines or rules, but does provide candidates with a framework for developing their own code of conduct to run a winning and ethical campaign. Participants in the program represent a broad range of ideologies and a diversity of communities from throughout Virginia and beyond.

The Candidate Training Program Winter Class of 2011 will be held January 27-30 at James Madison's Montpelier in Orange County.

The members of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2011 are:

Jaime Areizaga-Soto, Arlington
Andy Baan, Virginia Beach
Pam Carter, Ruckersville
Stephanie Clifford, Arlington
Kelly Carmichael, Alexandria
Jack Dobbyn, Alexandria
Vince Donoghue, Tappahannock
Paul Driscoll, Eastville
Bill Fleming, Virginia Beach
Frank Fox Jr., Danville
Caren Merrick, McLean
Jermaine Mincey, Alexandria
Patricia Phillips, Sterling
TC Robinson, Chesterfield
Amelia Ross-Hammond, Virginia Beach
Roberta Schlicher, Glen Allen
Ricky Singh, Orlando, FL
Sonya Smith, Norfolk
Stephen Thomas, Richmond
Mike Timm, Spotsylvania
Eric Wray, Virginia Beach
David Yancey, Newport News

Sorensen Alumni Win Big
Nov 3 2010 - 9:57am

Last night, for the first time, Sorensen alumni were elected to serve in the United States House of Representatives. The Sorensen Institute would like to congratulate both Scott Rigell (VA-02) and Robert Hurt (VA-05) on their successful campaigns. For more information, you can visit Congressman-elect Rigell's website and Congressman-elect Hurt's website.

In addition to this historic election, five other Sorensen Alumni won their local campaigns yesterday. The Sorensen Institute sends its congratulations to:

Linda Richardson, Greensville County Treasurer
James Byrd, Harrisonburg City Council
Angelia Williams, Norfolk City Council
James Wood, Virginia Beach City Council
Art Major, Winchester City Council

These candidates join more than one hundred of their fellow Sorensen Alumni who serve in elected office across the Commonwealth. They are a testament to the Sorensen idea that politics can be about the heated clash of ideas, but that our differences do not have to divide us.

2011 PLP and CTP Application Process has begun.
Sep 7 2010 - 9:51am

The Sorensen Institute is proud to announce that the application process for the 2011 Political Leaders Program and the 2011 Candidate Training Program has begun! Below, you will find some helpful information concerning the two programs.

The Political Leaders Program is a leadership development program for residents of Virginia interested in becoming more active in public service. Participation in this program has become a traditional “first step” for future political leaders in the Commonwealth. Participants spend one weekend a month from March through December traveling across the state along with 30-32 other civic minded individuals. Cost of the Political Leaders Program is $2250.

The Candidate Training Program is an intensive, four-day program focused on the fundamentals of running a winning campaign for office. Participants will explore the nuts and bolts of building a strong campaign from the ground up- all within the context of ethics and principled public service. Cost of the Candidate Training Program is $750 for a double room and $900 for a single room.

The Sorensen Institute seeks participants from all political affiliations, socio-economic backgrounds andprofessions from Virginia. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available. For an easy way to apply, click the button to the right! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at 434-982-4943 or email our Director of Programs, April Auger at ala2w@virginia.edu.

The application deadline for the 2011 Political Leaders Program and Candidate Training Program is 5:00 pm, November 8, 2010.

 

 

Did you know? The Sorensen Institute has 7 alumni running for US Congress!
Aug 13 2010 - 10:11am

This year, the Sorensen Institute is proud to claim several congressional candidates as our Alumni. These Sorensen grads are running in United States Congressional races all across Virginia and are striving to implement the lessons they learned at Sorensen into their campaigns. These candidates give hope to the Sorensen idea that politics can be about the heated clash of ideas, but that our differences do not have to divide us. Below you'll find a link to each of the candidates websites.

Democrats

Krystal Ball (VA-01)

Rick Waugh (VA-07)

Republicans

Scott Rigell (VA-02)

Chuck Smith (VA-03)

Robert Hurt (VA-05)

Patrick Murray (VA-08)

Independents

Kenny Golden (VA-02)

Now Accepting Apps for Spring CTP
Feb 23 2010 - 11:34am

The Sorensen Institute is now accepting applications for the Spring class of our nationally recognized Candidate Training Program.  Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday April 16, 2010.  Click here to learn more about the program.  The program will run May 20-23 at Montpelier in Orange County.

Congratulations CTP Winter 2010
Feb 3 2010 - 10:22am

Congratulations to the members of the Candidate Training Program Class of Winter 2010, which graduated this past weekend! Click here or the photo at left for the main alumni page.

News Leader Spotlights Sorensen
Nov 9 2009 - 11:49am

This morning's edition of the Staunton News Leader spotlights the success of Sorensen graduates in the recent elections.

The University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership offers two political training programs to those interested in becoming more active in public service in Virginia – be they Republicans, Democrats or independents. In the wake of Tuesday's elections, it's clear that the programs are working.

Click here for the full article.

Featured Alumni

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    Ralph Northam

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2007

    Ralph Northam was elected to serve as the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013 and previously represented the 6th District in the Virginia Senate. He has a pediatric neurology practice at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk where he has treated sick children since 1998.