SGA kicks off election season with Candidates’ Night

(SGA members listened to 2018 election candidates’ speeches. Photo by Jillian Poland.)

SGA candidates discussed the upcoming election and gave small speeches during Candidates’ Night on Wednesday, April 5 in the North Hall Commons.

Ethan Feuer, SILD director, explained the campaign regulations to the candidates who were present.

Some regulations Feuer went over included the acceptable poster size, consequences for defacement of campaign materials and what steps will be taken in the event of a tie. All SGA campaign regulations can be found in the student handbook.

Feuer said, “I’m excited for a really good election process. … We are pumped for this election.”

SGA President Kyle Rosa said, “I know that tonight hasn’t really gone down in history with a good reputation of being the most important night.” He added it is important for candidates to give a speech, so students can know who is running.

Of the 16 candidates running, six chose to speak.

Ben Carrington, who currently holds the parliamentarian position, is running for SGA president. He said, “I love being on SGA and getting to know all of the people on campus – the resources. Making a change on campus is super important.”

SGA president is the only officially opposed position this election season.

Adam Scanlon, who is also running for SGA president, was not in attendance.

Stephanie Bennett, unopposed candidate for SGA senator-at-large said, “I like to talk and debate. I’m a political science major.”

Erin Johnson, unopposed candidate for SGA secretary, said, “I joined senate this year and I’ve been really interested in the secretary position since I started, and I think I would be a really good fit.”

Alex Backer, unopposed candidate for SGA vice president, said he has worked closely with the current vice president, Jack Capello, on a campaign and “through that, I’ve really seen what the vice president does. … I’m very interested in working with other clubs.”

Ayanna Ferguson, unopposed candidate for student trustee, said, “I really want to represent the student body. … And hopefully make some changes.”

Driana Lebron, unopposed candidate for SGA student activity trust fund treasurer, said, “I have a fond love of math.”

Sophomore Matthew Bennet said he plans to run as a write-in candidate for senator-at-large.

Bridget Green, SGA secretary and head of the election committee, conducted the ballot raffle, which determines the order in which the candidates will appear on the ballot.

There are no students running for the positions of SGA Class and Club Treasurer, SGA Social Events Coordinator, class of 2019 secretary and treasurer, class of 2020 president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and senator of the class, class of 2021 president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Elections will be held on April 18, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Ramlink. According to Green, there will be a table in the McCarthy Center lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.