SGA to hold elections this week

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Travis Handy

thandy@radford.edu

SGA elections are taking place this week. Students will vote on the four elected positions on the council’s executive board, as well as senate positions. A majority of the candidates are running unopposed.

The student body votes on four of the executive board positions: president, executive vice president, vice president of student finance and legislative vice president.  The president appoints the fifth executive board position, chief of staff, after elections are held.

Voters have nine candidates to choose from for seven positions, which include the executive board, senator at large and sophomore class senator.

The candidates include freshman Lee Hicks for president, sophomore Emily Redd for executive VP and freshman Justin Blankenship for legislative VP.

The one executive position that will be contested is VP of student finance. Sophomore Jolyn Paoletti and junior Nicole Munsey are the two candidates for the position.

Freshman William Hall, junior Nancy White and senior Stacy Hayden are competing for senator at large.  Fionna Surette, a freshman, is the only candidate for sophomore class senator.

In the fall of 2010, the SGA appointed a legislative VP and held an election to fill 14 senate positions that were left vacant after the previous spring semester. At that time, 14 cabinet positions were also filled. Elections are not held for cabinet positions; they are appointed positions.

“Elections are held in the spring of every school year, but if there are still vacant positions at the end of the school year, the SGA will hold another set of elections in the fall to fill these seats,” said SGA Communications Director McKinzey Sayers.

The large number of vacancies at the end of last year left some people wondering if interest in the SGA had decreased. According to Sayers, that is not the case.

“If anything, interest from the student body about SGA has increased,” Sayers said. “More students are showing up to events that we hold, and there is more interest generated about key important issues within the student body. SGA continues to work hard on developing ways to get students more involved, and will continue to do so.”

Students can vote online through MyRU from 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 until 3 p.m. March 23.  Voting is only occurring online for this election and there will be no option for students to vote in person.

“Voting is supervised by the SGA Electoral Board, which is made up of current SGA members who will not be returning to SGA next semester,” Sayers said.

The results of the election will be revealed at an announcement party, which will take place at 5 p.m., March 23 on the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center food court stage.

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