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PLP Alumni News
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.
Delegate and Sorensen State Board member Jennifer McClellan of Richmond (PLP 2001, CTP 2005) was a guest on "Charlottesvilleâ€”Right Now!" with Coy Barefoot yesterday afternoon. She discussed the latest on the embattled transportation package, her efforts to end predatory payday lending practices in the Commonwealth, and her proposal to make education more accessible across the state.
A quick Alumni Update from Cham Light in Lynchburg. A graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2003, Cham is now serving as President of the Lynchburg Historical Foundation as well as serving on the Boards of the Lynchburg Old City Cemetery and the Central Virginia Land Conservancy. Somewhere in there he finds time to teach Insurance Law at Liberty University Law School as an adjunct faculty professor. Cham's daughter, Paige Leftwich Light, was a page on Capitol Hill in the U.S House of Representatives in the summer of 2006. She has also served as a page in the Virginia House of Delegates. According to Paige, politics are "much more partisan" in Washington than in Richmond. We'd like to think the Sorensen Institute has something to do with that! Cham's wife Edie is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute, having graduated from the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000.
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