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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    Alfonso Lopez

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2003

    Alfonso was the Director of the Virginia Liaison Office during the Kaine administration. In 2011 he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 49th District. He also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Northern Virginia Regional Board.