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A number of Democratic and Republican primaries were held across Virginia yesterday. Polls closed last night at 7pm.
Sorensen Executive Director Sean O'Brien commented on the primary results in today's D.C. Examiner.
Among the Sorensen alumni who were running in primary battles, Margie Vanderhye, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2005, won her party's nomination to run in the 34th District Senate Seat:
In the hotly contested Democratic primary race in the House District
34, activist Margaret Vanderhye beat lawyer Richard Sullivan by only
150 of the 3,300 votes cast. Vanderhye will vie with Republican David
Hunt in the fall to replace Del. Vincent Callahan, R-McLean, who is
retiring after 40 years in the Legislature. Callahanâ€™s district is the
last Republican-held House seat inside the Beltway as Northern Virginia
becomes increasingly Democratic.
And Frank Principi, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2007, won his party's nomination for the Woodbridge District seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Albemarle County boasts a number of CTP graduates running in local elections this year.
Brian Wheeler, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2003, will be seeking a second term on the Albemarle County School Board.
Ann Mallek, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2007, recently received her party's nomination to run in the White Hall District for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
Larry Claytor, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2007, also received his party's nomination to run for Sheriff.
Larry will run against fellow Sorensen alumnus Chip Harding, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006. Chip received his party's nomination as well.
Candidate Training Program Class of 2007 graduate Lew Medlin has announced his candidacy in the 19th House District. Medlin will run against long-time incumbent Lacey Putney, who has served in the House of Delegates since 1962.
UPDATE: Read more coverage here.
Congratulations to Brian Cannon and Kelly Porell! Brian and Kelly have announced their engagement to be married. Brian asked the big question at an impromptu visit to Shirley Plantation this past Saturday.
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.