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Twenty-Nine Institute Graduates Elected Statewide Nov. 4
Sorensen Institute Graduates Continue Strong Role In Setting Ethical Tone For Virginia Campaigns

November 6, 2003 -- One clear winner in the Nov. 4 statewide elections was an increasing focus on ethical campaigning and thoughtful discussion of issues by candidates. Contributing to that were the 29 graduates of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, a non-partisan political leadership program at the University of Virginia, who were elected to office at all levels of government in all corners of Virginia on Tuesday.

Among the graduates winning office were nine members of the House of Delegates, including five who were re-elected and four new members. Overall, 60 graduates of Sorensen Institute programs were running this fall, and 29 of them were successful in their bids for office.

Bill Wood, director of the Sorensen Institute, said, “We are immensely proud of the five Republicans and four Democrats who will be members of the General Assembly. They are a great group who understand the value of working together and respecting other people’s opinions.”

“Election day is always exciting for us. Between all the people running and working on campaigns it is a very busy time for our alumni,” said Sean T. O’Brien, deputy director of the Sorensen Institute. “The rest of the year we celebrate the contributions of the majority of our graduates who are not office holders, but are serving the citizens of Virginia as community leaders and civic activists. ”

Dozens of graduates of the Sorensen Institute also serve on state boards and commissions appointed by the governor, as well as on local boards and commissions.

The Sorensen Institute, founded in 1993, offers several intensive programs each year on public policy, campaigning skills and ethical leadership, including programs for young people interested in government, politics and public service.

Below is a list of the graduates of the various Sorensen Institute programs who were elected or re-elected to office on Nov. 4, 2003.

Candidate District Office
Nutter, David A. 7 House Of Delegates
Marshall III, Daniel 14 House Of Delegates
Hurt, Robert 16 House Of Delegates
Shannon, Stephen 35 House Of Delegates
Sickles, Mark 43 House Of Delegates
Ebbin, Adam P. 49 House Of Delegates
Cosgrove, John A. 78 House Of Delegates
Alexander, Kenneth 89 House Of Delegates
Lewis, Lynwood W. 100 House Of Delegates
Finney, Marc Brunswick County, Sturgeon District Board Of Supervisors
Carwile, Nancy Charlotte County, Cullen/Red House Board Of Supervisors
Warren, Art Chesterfield County, Clover Hill District Board Of Supervisors
Nixon, Steven Culpeper County, West Fairfax District Board Of Supervisors
Van Osten, Barbara Frederick County, Back Creek District Board Of Supervisors
Berger, Kate Pittsylvania Co./Callands-Gretna Board Of Supervisors
Nohe, Marty Prince William County, Coles District Board Of Supervisors
Stewart, Corey Prince William County, Occoquan District Board Of Supervisors
Connaughton, Sean Prince William County

Board Of Supervisors Chairman

Mitchell, Faye Chesapeake Clerk Of Court
Bruffey, Valerie Alleghany County Commissioner Of Revenue
Horbal, Joe Chesterfield County Commissioner Of Revenue
D’Urso, Ross Fauquier County Commissioner Of Revenue
Garst, Marsha
Rockingham County Commonwealth Attorney
Wheeler, Brian Albemarle County School Board
Davis, Beth Chesterfield County School Board
Belter, Cathy A. Springfield School Board
Evans, Nick Albemarle Co., Thomas Jefferson District Soil And Water Conservation
Gilliam, Jay Rockbridge County, Natural Bridge District Soil and Water Conservation Director
Thomas, Tara Gloucester County Treasurer

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Contact: Sean T. O'Brien, (434) 962-2780

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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