Election Recap: Sorensen Graduates Win at the Polls

May 3 2006 - 2:02pm

Nearly 1,500 candidates stood for election yesterday across Virginia for mayor, city and town councils, and school boards. We are proud to say that of that number, 25 were graduates of the Sorensen Institute. Our alumni celebrating victory today include:

Paul Smedberg, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, won re-election to the Alexandria City Council.

Dave Norris, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, won election to the Charlottesville City Council.

Bryan Collins, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006 and a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, won election to the Chesapeake City Council.

Jay Leftwich, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1996, won re-election to the City of Chesapeake School Board.

Edythe Frankel Kelleher, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001, won re-election to the Vienna Town Council in Fairfax County.

Ted Byrd, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1995, won election to the Harrisonburg City Council.

Craig O'Der, Jr., a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000, won re-election to the Ridgeway Town Council in Henry County.

Bob Zoldos, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, won re-election to the Lovettsville Town Council in Loudon County.

Scott Garrett, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, won election to the Lynchburg City Council.

Earnest Porta, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2005, won election as Mayor of the Town of Occoquan in Prince William County.

Jim Wood, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2002, won re-election to the Virginia Beach City Council.

Linda Crandell, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, won re-election to the Colonial Beach Town Council.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Featured Alumni

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    Jesse Ferguson

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Jesse serves as the Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    He was Brian Moran's Chief of Staff during Moran's tenure as Democratic Caucus Chairman in the Virginia House of Delegates and was also the communications director on Moran’s Democratic primary campaign for Governor. Jesse is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a co-founder and former Executive Director of Virginia21.