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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.
Margaret "Margi" Vanderhye, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2005, is the subject of an article in the Great Falls Connection newspaper, February 21 edition. The articleâ€”"Vanderhye Promises Real Solutions"â€”includes a profile of Margi and details about her plans to run against Delegate Vince Callahan in the 34th House District this year.
"In the midst of the breakdown on
negotiations in transportation legislation, I came to the conclusion
that I wanted to be a part of the solutions in Richmond," she said. Vanderhye
will be challenging long-standing Republican incumbent Del. Vincent
Callahan (R-34), should he choose to seek re-election. Callahan has
served as delegate of Virginia's 34th district for 39 years, and is
chair of the House of Delegates Appropriations committee. Callahan has
not yet confirmed whether he will pursue re-election. "I will announce my decision in March like I always do," said Callahan.
Vanderhye said that she believes the residents of the 34th district are ready for change. "The district and the voters have changed, but the representative has not," she said.
It was recently announced that Susan Horne, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1999, is the new President of Lead Virginia. Susan most recently served as the President and CEO of Leadership Fairfax, Inc. and as Vice Mayor of the Town of Leesburg. She also served as a member of the founding Steering Committee for Lead Virginia.
From today's RTD: Jensen's tenure has been widely praised by Democrats and Republicans...[she] announced her departure yesterday to members of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee.
At our 2006 Alumni Reunion last October, Jean was the recipient of the Sorensen Institue's first-ever Expression of Ideals Award.
Adisa Muse, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 has signed on with Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, a national issue advocacy organization that has been created to fight President Bush's plans to send more troops into Iraq. Most recently Adisa worked for a presidential campaign in the Congo during their historic elections last year.
Sorensen alumnus Steven Gould (Political Leaders Program Class of 2006) is a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kaine on Policy. He joined Coy Barefoot on "Charlottesville--Right Now!" this past Friday to discuss the Governor's Fellows Program.
This program is open to all graduating university and college students in Virginia, as well as current graduate students. Participants spend part of their summer working in the highest levels of the Executive branch alongside Governor Kaine and his closest advisors.
(P.S. â€”during the interview, Steven announces publicly for the first time some important news about his own future plans)
Virginia Delegate and Sorensen State Board member John Cosgrove (Political Leaders Program Class of 1998) was a guest on "Charlottesville--Right Now!" with Coy Barefoot today. Topics of discussion included transportation, his legislation to toll the newly improved Route 17, webcasting of the House of Delegates, cameras at red lights, and much more.
Nelson County Supervisor Connie Brennan, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, has declared her intentions to run against incumbent Watkins Abbitt in the 59th House District this year. The election will be held November 6, when all 140 Senate and House seats in the General Assembly will be up for grabs.
The 59th is a sprawling, largely rural district that includes "much of southern Albemarle County, nearly half of Fluvanna, plus the counties of Buckingham, Nelson, Appomattox, Cumberland, and a portion of Prince Edward."
"I am running," Connie told political reporter Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress in an article published today.