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Chip discussed the background, success, and criticism regarding Virginia's DNA databank, a crime-fighting tool that he led the charge to create. Chip also discusses his recent discovery that tens of thousands of felons are actually missing from the databankâ€” a discovery that sparked national news coverage and a call for review of the program to find out why and how convicted felons are not being added to the database.
Mike Taylor of Ringgold, Virginia has become the first person ever to graduate from three Sorensen programs. A Lieutenant with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Mike is a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, and the Danville-Southside Leaders Program Class of 2005.
The Potomac News reports today that Jeffrey Dion, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1996, has been certified as the Democratic Party's candidate in the Occaquan district for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. A special election (the date of which has yet to be announced) is necessary to fill a seat vacated by Corey Stewart, who was recently elected to Chair that Board. Stewart is also an alumnus of the Sorensen Institute, having graduated from the Candidate Training Program Class of 2003.
The Chairman's seat, readers of this blog will recall, had been vacated earlier this year by Sorensen graduate Sean Connaughton (PLP 1995) when he was appointed by President Bush to head up the U.S. Maritime Administration.
Two Republicans are vying for their party's nomination to run against Dion. The Republican convention will be held on December 16.
Click here to read the Potomac News story about Dion's nomination. The article includes an interview with Dion in which he discusses his reasons for running.
In a statement released today, Governor Kaine has once again recognized the leadership among our Sorensen graduates by appointing them to an important new commission: the Governor's Commission on Sexual Violence. According to the press release, "The Commission is tasked with making recommendations to improve the treatment of victims of sexual violence and to prevent and respond to related crimes."
Governor Kaine commented, "The Commonwealth has made considerable progress in the management of sexually violent predators. We now need to focus the same level of energy and attention on the treatment of victims and the prevention of future acts."
Among the 37 Virginians appointed to the Commission are the following Sorensen alumni:
Leonard G. Cooke of Henrico County, Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (Political Leaders Program Class of 2004)
The Honorable Stephen C. Shannon of Fairfax County, member of the Virginia House of Delegates (Candidate Training Program Class of 2003)
Reverend C. Douglas Smith of Hanover county, Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (Political Leaders Program Class of 2005)
Today the Sorensen Institute celebrates the continued success of our graduates at the polls.
Christopher Hilbert (Candidate Training Program Class of 2004) won re-election to the Richmond City Council from District 3 (unopposed).
Corey Stewart (Candidate Training Program Class of 2003) was elected Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors (This was a special election to fill a seat recently vacated by Sorensen Fellow Sean Connaughton, Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1995, who was appointed by President Bush to serve as head of the U.S. Maritime Administration).
Evette L. Wilson (Candidate Training Program Class of 2002) was re-elected to the Richmond School Board from District 9 (unopposed).
We also want to congratulate and thank those Sorensen graduates who demonstrated great leadership by stepping forward to get involvedâ€”men and women who care very deeply about the Commonwealth and will surely find other ways in the future to serve the communities they love.
Jacqueline Jackson (Political Leaders Program Class of 2002) was an incumbent candidate for the Richmond City Council from District 8.
Jerry Miller (Candidate Training Program Class of 2004) was a candidate for the Richmond School Board from District 4.
Gail Parker (Candidate Training Program Class of 2003) was an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate here in Virginia.
Barbara Pryor (Political Leaders Program Class of Spring 1994, the first Sorensen class) was an Independent candidate for U.S. Congress in the 6th District.
Jeanette Rishell (Candidate Training Program Class of 2006) was the Democratic candidate in a special election in the 50th District of the Virginia House of Delegates (a seat that was held for 24 years by Harry Parrish until he passed away in March).
Al Weed (Candidate Training Program Class of 2003) was the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in the 5th District.
Bedford County's Lewis Medlin, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, is the subject of an article in today's Roanoke Times. Reporter Jay Conley writes:
With this year's general election only a few days away, a political
newcomer is already looking to next year's fall election for the 19th
District House of Delegates seat.
The district covers the city of Bedford, part of Bedford County and much of Botetourt County.
Lewis Medlin Jr. lives in Bedford County, where he runs a family
business in Montvale that manufactures metal brackets used in
Medlin, 56, is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the
November 2007 election, and could be a challenger to Lacey Putney, a
longtime independent who has served in the House of Delegates since
Medlin is interested in the state delegate position because delegates only meet for a few months each year.
"I'm needed here to keep this thing going with my father," he said of the family business. "I can't go full time" into politics.
But he's serious enough about running to have taken a three-day-long
candidate training program earlier this year at the Sorensen Institute
for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
"It helps you focus in on what actually you're trying to accomplish," Medlin said.
Vickie Williams (PLP 2005)
Sean O'Brien, Executive Director
Delegate John Cosgrove, State Board member and alumnus (PLP 1998)
Marc Johnson, Director of Youth Programs and alumnus (CLP 2003)
Andrew Almand (CLP 2006)
Carolyn Lincoln (PLP 2001, CTP 2002)
Tim Heaphy (PLP 2005)
The Sorensen Institute congratulates Lonnie Craig, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 1999. Lonnie was recently elected Chairman of the Chesapeake Health Authority. Lonnie will serve in that position for two years. A former chief of the Virginia Capitol Police and Virginia Port Authority, Lonnie has been a longtime active member of the Authority.
Congratulations are also due Dr. Cynthia Romero, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, for having been elected president of the Chesapeake Health Medical Staff. She is the first female physician to hold that post. Way to go Cynthia!
The Sorensen Institute is celebrating gubernatorial appointments of two of our own today. Governor Tim Kaine recently announced that "Dr. Cheryl P. Talley of Harrisonburg will continue to serve as a member of the Board of the Frontier Culture Museum. Talley is an associate professor in the School of Psychology at James Madison University and commissioner for the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Directors." Talley is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2002.
Governor Kaine also reappointed William L. Nusbaum of Norfolk to serve as chair of the Board of the Virginia College Building Authority. "Nusbaum is a partner at Williams Mullen. He is a past member of the Governorâ€™s Advisory Committee on Small Business, and a former president and honorary life director of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.: Nusbaum is also a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001.
Jeanette Rishell of Manassass, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, is the new Democratic nominee for the 50th seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Click here to read coverage of the recent primary.
Rishell is running against Republican nominee and Manassass City Council member Jackson Miller. The election will be held on November 7.