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SGA In-House Elections to bring new leadership

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10-8-2019

Alex Bell, managing editor 

At the latest meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA), the Senate approved the In-house elections packet, which is used to guide students during their campaign into the SGA. At their next meeting, Thursday, Oct. 10, the Senate will be voting on students who have applied throughout the week.

In-house elections are different from the standard elections that the SGA holds, rather than the student body voting on the candidates, the senators in the SGA decide whether a student is a good fit. The in-house elections packets demand that each student receive 25 signatures from students that support their election, meaning that they are given consideration of the student body, but the SGA gets the final say in their election.

“Sometimes we have folks that join that are not really sure how they’re going to make a change in their own life to accommodate this position,” said SGA President John Jarecki. “As a senator, you have a chance to do a lot of good.”

While the SGA does not have the exact number of applicants, Jarecki said that 12 packets have been taken from the Reed Union Building desk. The Senate will hear from many applicants, hoping to fill five open positions, two reserved for first-year students and three for upperclassmen.

“I’m excited, I think we’re gonna have a good, solid election,” said Jarecki. Safinaz Elhadary, SGA Vice President, recently pushed the new Senate roster to become more engaged with the student body and bring more of their concerns into the spotlight. Elhadary, previously the SGA Chief of Staff, has a long history with the E-board and organizing the senators and will likely work closely with the incoming senators. Similarly, senators freshly voted into the SGA by a general election nearly a month ago will be working with this new group. Jarecki seemed hopeful that the process of bringing new senators up to speed will go smoother than in years past, boasting about the senators that have joined the SGA already this year.

Unlike years prior, the voting process in the Senate will take place in a public forum. While, in the past, all members of the public would be asked to leave the room for the vote, discussion on a candidate as well as the final vote are open to the student body. Transparency legislation, passed last year as the SGA was pushed to do away with the secret ballot, created public ballots for budget appeals and in-house elections.

Jarecki, hoping that students will bring their A-game to the next SGA meeting, said that he believes that this new wave of senators will bring something truly special to the Senate. ”I want them to be fully aware of the opportunity that they have because it’s a big one. [The] SGA can only work if everyone is thinking about how to make this campus better… it's really a team effort.”