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County native to appear on ‘Today Show’

A local face will grace television screens across the country on Wednesday morning.
An interview between Savanna Rutherford, a Dublin native and senior at the University of Virginia, and Luke Russert, an NBC News correspondent and son of the late NBC News journalist Tim Russert, will be aired on the “Today Show” on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Rutherford, who has served as chairman of the College Republicans at U.Va. since last March, said she was contacted by the Center for Politics at UVa and told that Russert would be conducting interviews with students about “battleground states” for the upcoming election. She was told that both the chairman of the College Republicans and the president of the University Democrats would be interviewed about what their respective clubs are doing to help out their party’s candidates.  
In addition to her interview with Russert, Rutherford had the opportunity to attend the National Conference for Political Engagement this past weekend at Harvard University.
Rutherford explained that the conference was put on by the Harvard University Institute of Politics, and “brought together about 100 students from several different states to discuss political engagement at the college level.”
She noted that each school that was invited to the conference was allowed to invite the chairman/president of both the College Republicans and College Democrats, along with the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper.  
Rutherford said much of the conference was focused on involvement of youth in the 2008 presidential campaign, and how they could play a deciding role in who becomes the next president. She added that they also discussed the best ways to mobilize youth voters, who are often underrepresented. 
Rutherford is a young woman who has been active in politics ever since her days as a student at Pulaski County High School, in which she was a member of the Young Republicans, serving as secretary during her senior year in 2005.
At U.Va., she has served as treasurer, vice-chair of campaigns, and now chairman of the College Republicans. She has also been involved with the College Republican Federation of Virginia as a regional political director for the Central Virginia region in both 2007 and 2008. 
In addition, Rutherford is involved in the Legislative Affairs Committee, a student council committee that plays an active role in lobbying the Virginia General Assembly for legislation that affects education in Virginia.
As for why she chooses to be so active in politics, Rutherford said now it’s mainly because of the importance of the upcoming election.
“We have a lot of important issues facing the country right now, and we need strong leadership to resolve some of the country’s problems,” she said. “I am active in the Republican party and on the campaign of Sen. McCain because I believe that John McCain and the Republican Party have the best solutions to those problems, and are willing to lead the country in the right direction.”
She added that she believes the vote in the upcoming election will be “very close,” meaning that “every vote will matter, making it crucial that we reach as many people as we can with our message.” 
Rutherford is a government and history double-major at U.Va., and after graduation, one of the things she hopes to be able to have the opportunity to do is campaign work.
Rutherford is the daughter of Kelly and Vanessa Rutherford of Dublin.

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County native to appear on ‘Today Show’

A local face will grace television screens across the country on Wednesday morning.
An interview between Savanna Rutherford, a Dublin native and senior at the University of Virginia, and Luke Russert, an NBC News correspondent and son of the late NBC News journalist Tim Russert, will be aired on the “Today Show” on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Rutherford, who has served as chairman of the College Republicans at U.Va. since last March, said she was contacted by the Center for Politics at UVa and told that Russert would be conducting interviews with students about “battleground states” for the upcoming election. She was told that both the chairman of the College Republicans and the president of the University Democrats would be interviewed about what their respective clubs are doing to help out their party’s candidates.  
In addition to her interview with Russert, Rutherford had the opportunity to attend the National Conference for Political Engagement this past weekend at Harvard University.
Rutherford explained that the conference was put on by the Harvard University Institute of Politics, and “brought together about 100 students from several different states to discuss political engagement at the college level.”
She noted that each school that was invited to the conference was allowed to invite the chairman/president of both the College Republicans and College Democrats, along with the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper.  
Rutherford said much of the conference was focused on involvement of youth in the 2008 presidential campaign, and how they could play a deciding role in who becomes the next president. She added that they also discussed the best ways to mobilize youth voters, who are often underrepresented. 
Rutherford is a young woman who has been active in politics ever since her days as a student at Pulaski County High School, in which she was a member of the Young Republicans, serving as secretary during her senior year in 2005.
At U.Va., she has served as treasurer, vice-chair of campaigns, and now chairman of the College Republicans. She has also been involved with the College Republican Federation of Virginia as a regional political director for the Central Virginia region in both 2007 and 2008. 
In addition, Rutherford is involved in the Legislative Affairs Committee, a student council committee that plays an active role in lobbying the Virginia General Assembly for legislation that affects education in Virginia.
As for why she chooses to be so active in politics, Rutherford said now it’s mainly because of the importance of the upcoming election.
“We have a lot of important issues facing the country right now, and we need strong leadership to resolve some of the country’s problems,” she said. “I am active in the Republican party and on the campaign of Sen. McCain because I believe that John McCain and the Republican Party have the best solutions to those problems, and are willing to lead the country in the right direction.”
She added that she believes the vote in the upcoming election will be “very close,” meaning that “every vote will matter, making it crucial that we reach as many people as we can with our message.” 
Rutherford is a government and history double-major at U.Va., and after graduation, one of the things she hopes to be able to have the opportunity to do is campaign work.
Rutherford is the daughter of Kelly and Vanessa Rutherford of Dublin.

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