CTP Alumni 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.

Quintana Appointed to Fairfax County Park Authority Board
Oct 25 2010 - 5:24pm

Kala Quintana (PLP 2008; CTP Winter 2009) was appointed to to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board as the Chairman's  at-Large representative. Congratulations, Kala!

Little in 'Top 40 Under 40'
Oct 14 2010 - 10:52am

Jen Little (PLP 2007; CTP Spring 2010) was recently selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Inside Business, the Hampton Roads business journal. She will receive the award tonight, October 14, in Norfolk. Jen's profile, as well as the full list of honorees, is available here.

Rhodes Welcome Baby Boy
Oct 14 2010 - 10:19am

Bryan (PLP 2008; CTP 2009) and Lynne (PLP 2009) Rhode welcomed Bryan Michael Rhode, Jr. at 3:06pm Saturday, October 9. Congratulations, Bryan and Lynne!

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.


Krystal Ball (VA-01)

Rick Waugh (VA-07)


Scott Rigell (VA-02)

Chuck Smith (VA-03)

Robert Hurt (VA-05)

Patrick Murray (VA-08)


Kenny Golden (VA-02)

McClellan Welcomes Baby Boy
Aug 12 2010 - 11:47am

Jennifer McClellan (PLP 2001; CTP 2005) and David Mills welcomed Jackson McClellan Mills this week. Jack arrived at 5:19 p.m. on August 9, weighing in at 7 lbs., 6 oz.  Mom, Dad, and Jack are back home and doing well. Congratulations, Jenn and Dave!

Craig Wins in Chesapeake
May 7 2010 - 12:36pm

Congratulations to Lonnie Craig (PLP 2000, CTP 1999), who won a seat on the Chesapeake City Council in the recent May elections.

Daily Press Endorses Cherry in Newport News
Apr 28 2010 - 10:02am

The Daily Press has endorsed Saundra Cherry (CTP Winter 2009) for City Council in Newport News. The election will be Tuesday May 4.

Va-Pilot Endorses Two Sorensen Alums For Office in Chesapeake
Apr 27 2010 - 9:35pm

The Virginian-Pilot has endorsed two Sorensen graduates for office in the Chesapeake elections scheduled for Tuesday, May 4.

Bryan Collins (PLP 06, CTP 06) was endorsed in his run for re-election to the Chesapeake City Council.

Christie New Craig (PLP 06) was endorsed in her bid for an at-large seat on the Chesapeake School Board.

Featured Alumni

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    Andy Block

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2006

    Andy is the director of the U.Va. Law School's Child Advocacy Clinic.

    From 1998 to the spring of 2010 he was the founder and legal director of the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, a program that represents low-income children across the Commonwealth of Virginia.