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A number of Sorensen alumni and students were in attendance at the "Running to Win" candidate training seminar in Norfolk this past weekend.
Sponsored by the Virginia chapter of NOW, the League of Women Voters of
Virginia, and the National Women's Political Caucus of Virginia, the
program teaches women and their advisors how to run effective campaigns
for public office.
Some of the Sorensen folks at the seminar included (from left to right): Sharon Jadrnak (PLP 06, CTP 07), Jeanette Rishell (CTP 06), Bryan Collins ( PLP 06, CTP 06), Tarina Keene, program co-organizer (PLP 06), and Jennifer Little (PLP 07).
Sandra Brandt (PLP 94) was one of the program organizers as well. Also in attendance were Georgia Allen (CTP 05) and Charniele Herring (PLP 06). Speakers included Vickie Williams (PLP 05) and Dan Cawley (PLP 98).
Susan Dunn, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, has recently emailed to say that she's decided to put off a run for political office for now, and has opted instead to run into political comedy. Dunn started training with Second City in Chicago in January of this year. Good luck Susan!
Delegate and Sorensen State Board member Jennifer McClellan (PLP 2001, CTP 2005) joined Coy Barefoot this afternoon on "Charlottesvilleâ€”Right Now!" to recap this year's General Assembly session. She candidly shares her reaction to the transportation plan passed by the Assembly and currently being reviewed by Governor Kaine.
The new issue of Virginia Magazine, a publication of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, profiles the work of the Sorensen Institute.
The articleâ€”"Running on Respect: UVa's Sorensen Institute Wants to Clean Up Politics"â€” includes interviews with Executive Director Sean O'Brien and a number of our alumni including: Delegate and State Board member Jennifer McClellan (Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, Candidate Training Program Class of 2005), Delegate Lynwood Lewis (Political Leaders Program Class of 1995, Candidate Training Program Class of 1999), Charlottesville City Councilor Dave Norris (Candidate Training Program Class of 2006), Stafford County Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer (Candidate Training Program Class of 2005), Delegate Robert Hurt (Political Leaders Program Class of 2000), and Congressional candidate Al Weed (Candidate Training Program Class of 2003).
This is a wonderful article that all our alumni are encouraged to read.
As a sidenote, the cover story of this same issue of Virginia Magazineâ€”"Down on the Corner," about the history of the University of Virginia community, was written by the Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot.
Mike Taylor has announced his candidacy for the office of Pittsylvania County Sheriff. Mike is the first Virginian ever to have graduated from three Sorensen programs: the Danville/Southside Leaders Program Class of 2005, the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, and the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006. Mike made the announcement in the Pittsylvania County Circuit Courtroom on Tuesday afternoon. According to an article in the Pittsylvania Star-Tribune:
Taylor, a 53-year-old Ringgold resident, will run as an independent. "With a deep-seated background in the understanding of law enforcement, a working relationship with countless criminal justice professionals in all levels of government, respecting the cultural diversities found within our communities and the commitments made to better grasp leadership responsibilities, I am self-assured I have prepared myself to represent you," Taylor said in a 20-minute announcement in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court. Taylor, who has spent 32 years in the sheriff's office, is the second in-house candidate to announce. Last week, Maj. Gary W. Goodson Jr., also from Ringgold, announced his bid.
Albemarle County Sheriff Ed Robb announced this week that he would not seek re-election in November. Two Sorensen graduates have stepped forward to run for the open spot.
Charlottesville Police Captain Chip Harding, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006 and Albemarle County Police Department's Larry Claytor, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2007 will both be in the running for the Sheriff's position.
Good luck gentlemen!
Delegate and Sorensen State Board member Jennifer McClellan of Richmond (PLP 2001, CTP 2005) was a guest on "Charlottesvilleâ€”Right Now!" with Coy Barefoot yesterday afternoon. She discussed the latest on the embattled transportation package, her efforts to end predatory payday lending practices in the Commonwealth, and her proposal to make education more accessible across the state.