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PLP Alumni News
Barbara J. Pryor, a graduate of Sorensen's very first Political Leaders Program (Class of Spring 1994) is the subject of an article in today's Staunton News Leader. Pryor is one of three candidates that will take on Representative Bob Goodlatte in his reelection bid this to represent the 6th District in the U.S. House.
Click here to read the article about Barbara.
Click here to read another article from today's Waynesboro's News Virginian that takes a broader view of the 6th District race this year.
Sorensen alumnus Sean Connaughton (Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1995), Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, was recently named by President Bush to serve as the director of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Sean spoke with Coy Barefoot on the June 29th edition of Charlottesville--Right Now.
Political Leaders Program Class of 1999 graduate Rodney Eagle was just re-elected Mayor of Harrisonburg on July 1.
"I'm just tickled to death," Eagle told the Daily News Record. "I think we have a great group of people here and we have a lot of good opportunities and challenges ahead of us."
Tim Heaphy, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, and his wife Lori celebrated the arrival of their third child during this past holiday weekend.
Margaret Fudeko Heaphy ("Maggie") arrived safe and sound, healthy and happy on July 2, weighing in at an impressive 8 lbs, 10 oz. Both mommy and baby are doing well.
Tim is a Partner with McGuire Woods.
Congratulations to Tim and Lori and the entire Heaphy family! And welcome Maggie!
President George Bush announced yesterday in a statement released by the White House that he intends to appoint Sean Connaughton, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1995, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration at the Department of Transportation. Sean currently works as Of Counsel for Troutman Sanders LLP and serves as Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Connie Jorgensen, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, is the author of an op-ed in this week's issue of the C-Ville Weekly regarding "The Politics of Poverty."
Connie writes, "All too often we blame poor people for their poverty. We imply that
poverty is a choice with statements like â€œif they would just pull up
their socks and get a job they wouldnâ€™t have to be poor.â€ â€œIf they just
respected themselvesâ€ we say, â€œthey wouldnâ€™t have a problem.â€ Most
everyone seems to have a story about seeing someone â€œabuseâ€ food stamps
by purchasing potato chips or soda. If the poor are responsible for
their condition, then itâ€™s O.K. for us to tut-tut about their values
and move on to more important things, like cutting the estate tax. Now
we can justify cutting programs because the poor donâ€™t deserve our
helpâ€”and besides, because of the tax cuts, we canâ€™t afford these social
programs anyway. On the other end of the spectrum, I have not heard a
single call to cut subsidies to big business in the wake of the
criminal behavior of Ken Lay and others like him. What about the
Click here to read the full text of the article.
Connie is the Director of Development and Public Relations at the Monticello Area Community Action Agency.
The board members, alumni, and staff at the Sorensen Institute would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Elizabeth Davis, who recently lost her battle against Hodgkin's disease.
A graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1994, Beth had been a determined and sincere advocate for quality public education in Virginia ever since she started as a kindergarten teacher in Pulaski County in 1973. We can all be proud of the work and creativity she lent the efforts to improve our schools. The Commonwealth was fortunate to have her. She will be missed. Thank you, Beth.
Governor Tim Kaine recently announced that he signed legislation creating the New College Institute in Martinsville. The Sorensen Institute is proud to report that Governor Kaine also appointed two of our folks to the New College Board of Directors: Elizabeth Haskell, a member of our Southside Regional Board, and Kimble Reynolds, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997.
Click here to read a recent Roanoke Times article about the New College.
Barbara Pryor of Amherst, a graduate of the first Political Leaders Program class (Spring 2004) recently announced that she will run as an Independent against Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte in the Sixth U.S. Congressional District.
Pryor joins two other Independents who will stand against the Congressman. Goodlatte will face no Democratic challenger for the fourth straight election.