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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.
Krystal Ball (CTP Spring 2009) has announced that she is the presumptive Democratic nominee to run against incumbent Republican Rob Wittman in Virginia's 1st Congressional District.
Dave Norris (CTP 06) was elected today by his fellow councilors to serve a second term as Mayor of the city of Charlottesville.
Dave won a second term to Council in November.
The University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily has a story in today's issue about the successes of Sorensen graduates in the recent elections. The article includes interviews with Bob Gibon and James Brown (CTP Spring 09), who was elected Sheriff in Charlottesville last week.
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.
The Sorensen Institute's Candidate Training Program was founded in 1999 to teach aspiring political candidates in Virginia 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.
In this, its 10th anniversary year, the CTP celebrates a particularly impressive achievement. A total of seven CTP graduates of the 2009 program alone were elected to office this year: 2 to city council, 1 as sheriff, and a whopping 4 to the Virginia General Assembly: 3 Republicans, 3 Democrats, and 1 Independent.
Of the four CTP 09 alumni who were elected to the GA, 2 are Republicans and 2 are Democrats. All of them were brand-new to state-level campaign politics.
We can say without any equivocation that the Sorensen Institute's Candidate Training Program is one of the very best programs of its kind in the world.
The 2010 Candidate Training Program is now accepting applications. Click here for more information.
Based on the still un-official results from yesterday's election here in Virginia, the Sorensen Institute is proud to report that we had 27 Sorensen graduates win office (of the 49 running). We are looking at the potential for a pending canvass and possibly even a recount in two House of Delegates races involving alumni (see below), but for now, it looks like we have 27 alumni victories in election 2009!
* 27 Sorensen alumni won office on November 3, 2009: 10 Republicans, 14 Democrats, and 3 Independents.
* We are looking at 5 new Sorensen graduates elected to the Virginia General Assembly— four of whom are alumni of this year's Candidate Training Program!
* A total of 23 Sorensen graduates have now been elected to the Virginia General Assembly over time. Assuming the potential recounts don't change any results, 18 Sorensen graduates would serve in the GA once their terms begin in January 2010.
According to the un-official results from the Virginia State Board of Elections, Sorensen alumni who won office in yesterday's election are:
Robin Abbott (CTP Spring 2009, D): House of Delegates, 93rd
Kenny Alexander (PLP 2002, D): House of Delegates, 89th
Richard Anderson (CTP Winter 2009, R): House of Delegates, 51st
Priscilla S. Bele (CTP 2007, D): Commissioner of Revenue, Newport News City
Connie Brennan (PLP 2005, D): Board of Supervisors, Nelson County, Central District
James Brown (CTP Spring 2009, D): Sheriff, City of Charlottesville
David L. Bulova (PLP 1997, D): House of Delegates, 37th
Steve Clinton (PLP 2000, R): Board of Supervisors, Botetourt County
John A. Cosgrove (PLP 1998, R): House of Delegates, 78th
Adam P. Ebbin (PLP 2000, D): House of Delegates, 49th
Scott Garrett (CTP 2006, R): House of Delegates, 23rd
Tag Greason (CTP Winter 2009, R): House of Delegates, 32nd
Charniele L. Herring (PLP 2006; CTP 2008, D): House of Delegates, 46th
James O. Icenhour (CTP 2005, D): Board of Supervisors, James City County, Powhatan District
Kaye Kory (CTP Winter 2009, D): House of Delegates, 38th
Lynwood W. Lewis (PLP 1995; CTP 1999; D): House of Delegates, 100th
Daniel W. Marshall (CTP 2001, R): House of Delegates, 14th
Jennifer L. McClellan (PLP 2001; CTP 2005, D): House of Delegates, 71st
Michael Mondul (Danville 2004, I): Sheriff, City of Danville
Joy Moore (CTP 2005, I): Treasurer, City of Colonial Heights
Gabe Morgan (CTP 2005, R): Sheriff, City of Newport News
Dave Norris (CTP 2006, D): City Council, City of Charlottesville
David A. Nutter (CTP 2001, R): House of Delegates, 7th
Christopher Peace (PLP 2004, R): House of Delegates, 97th
Mark D. Sickles (PLP 1998, CTP 2001, D): House of Delegates, 43rd
Eric J. Strucko (PLP 1999, I): School Board Member, Albemarle County, Samuel Miller District
Rodney S. Thomas (PLP 1999, R): Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, Rio District
*This list does not include Sornensen alumni Bobby Mathieson and Margie Vanderhye, who may seek a canvass or recount in each of their House of Delegates races, depending on the certified vote returns.
The Sorensen Institute extends its thanks and congratulations to everyone who had the courage and conviction to stand for office, as well as all of our alumni who worked long hours for many months on a number of campaigns across Virginia. Democracy in Virginia is stronger because of you!
Richmond's Style Weekly published its annual Top 40 Under 40 this week, recognizing young agents of positive change making a difference in their communities. As in past years, the list for 2009 includes some of our notable Sorensen alumni:
Marc Cheatham (PLP 06) currently serves as a Senior Assistant to Governor Kaine on Policy. Earlier this year Marc was also named to Ebony magazine's national list of Young Leaders of 2009.
Casey Peters Emery (PLP 05) is the president and chief executive of the Richmond area Young Women’s Christian Association.
Three Sorensen alumni were among those who spoke to the Political Leaders Program Class of 2009 this past weekend in Virginia Beach. Pictured left to right: Chesapeake City Council member Brian Collins (PLP 06, CTP 06), Delegate and Sorensen State Advisory Board member John Cosgrove (PLP 98), and Virginia Beach City Council member Glenn Davis (PLP 07). The three discussed current regional issues with the members of the PLP. Also during the weekend the class enjoyed a tour of the Norfolk Port and talked about campaign finance issues with David Poole of the Virginia Public Access Project.