CTP Alumni News

CTP Grad Announces Campaign in 19th House
May 17 2007 - 10:12am

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.

Click here to read an article in today's Lynchburg News&Advance about the campaign.

UPDATE: Read more coverage here.

Two Sorensen Grads Announce their Engagement
May 7 2007 - 5:40pm

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.

Kelly is a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2007 and Brian is a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2005 and the College Leaders Program Class of 2002.

Congratulations!

CTP Grad Announces in Powhatan
Mar 29 2007 - 8:56am

   

Joe Walton, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, has announced his candidacy for the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors.

Click here to visit Joe's website
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Good luck, Joe!

Sorensen Grads at "Running to Win"
Mar 27 2007 - 3:00pm

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).

CTP Grad Moves into Political Comedy
Mar 20 2007 - 5:00pm

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!

CTP Alum to Run
Mar 14 2007 - 8:02am

Ann Malek, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2007, announced yesterday that she will run for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Click here for news coverage and click here for her opening statement.

Governor Reappoints Brown
Mar 9 2007 - 5:27pm

Governor Tim Kaine has reappointed Ann Brown of Williamsburg, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001, to the Virginia Council on Aging for another four-year term. Congratulations Ann!

PODCAST: Delegate Jennifer McClellan
Mar 6 2007 - 8:09pm

Delegate and Sorensen State Board member Jennifer McClellan (PLP 2001, CTP 2005) joined Coy Barefoot this afternoon on "Charlottesville—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.

   
   
   

McKeever Announces in Charlottesville
Mar 6 2007 - 2:20pm

Jennifer McKeever, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2007, announced this morning that she is a candidate for the City Council elections in Charlottesville.

Read more here.

Click here to see her website.

THiS JUST IN: "Running on Respect"
Feb 26 2007 - 8:00pm

The new issue of Virginia Magazine, a publication of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, profiles the work of the Sorensen Institute.

The article—"Running on Respect: UVa's Sorensen Institute Wants to Clean Up Politics"— 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.

Click here to read "Running on Respect."

As a sidenote, the cover story of this same issue of Virginia Magazine—"Down on the Corner," about the history of the University of Virginia community, was written by the Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot.

Featured Alumni

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    Chuck Smith

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2005

    Chuck is a self-employed attorney and current candidate for Virginia Beach City Council. He is a a former Marine and U.S. Navy JAG Officer (Retired). From 2006 to 2008, Chuck served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach.