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Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Adisa Muse (shown here with former Lieutnenant Governor John Hager), has traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he served as a consultant during the elections that were held there yesterday.
Muse is working with Dr. Oscar Kashala, one of over 30 candidates that stood for the Presidency yesterday-- the first free multi-party elections in the Congo in 40 years.
Muse reports in an email that results of yesterday's election might not be known for a couple of weeks-- at which time the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election for the Presidency.
Click here for more information and background on these historic elections.
Click here for the latest news from the UN, which is helping to oversee the elections.
MEDIA ALERT: Sorensen's Executive Director Sean O'Brien will appear live at 12 noon today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU. Northern Virginia listeners can tune in at 88.5FM. The program will also stream live on the web.
O'Brien will join Kojo for the "Virginia Politics Hour." Other guests will include reporters Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress and Amy Gardner of the Washington Post, in addition to Delegate Joe May, Barbara Favola of the Arlington County Board, and Jim Burton of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Sean O'Brien has been asked to join WAMU as a recurring guest to discuss politics and public policy in Virginia.
Here's the Sorensen Report for Friday, July 28. The Sorensen Report is broadcast each week on the CBS affiliate, WCAV TV, in Charlottesville.
This Week: "Up from the ground came a bubbling crude..."
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A podcast of the Virginia Women and Politics conference, held last Friday July 21 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, is now available online.
The Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot joined UVA's Larry Sabato in making some introductory remarks. And Sorensen Board member and alumna Delegate Jennifer McClellan of Richmond also spoke at the conference.
Click here to listen to the complete podcast.
Terri Cofer Beirne, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, has accepted an interim appointment to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. According to an article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch, "Beirne, a 39-year-old attorney who works as a government lobbyist for
farm wineries, last night was appointed as the board's interim
Midlothian District representative. Congratulations Terri!
Ellen Marsteller of Manakin-Sabot was elected Class Chairman of the 2006 High School Leaders Program. She spoke briefly about her experience this summer at the Sorensen Institute during the July 22 graduation ceremony.
Steven Jones, Laura Harris, and Christopher Wrobel were the utterly capable, reliable and indispensable Program Managers for the Sorensen Institute's 2006 College and High School Leaders Programs. They each took a turn to say a few words at the recent HSLP graduation on July 22.
Carlos Quintela (on the right in the picture below) received the "Spirit of Citizenship" Award from his classmates at the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduation. In this podcast, Marc Johnson makes this announcement and explains exactly what the award means.
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