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SGA election doesn’t yield majority winner

SGA election doesn’t yield majority winner

April 08
21:51 2013

Josh Knopp, Joshua Friemel / News staff

The Student Government Association presidential election will have a run-off sometime within the next two weeks after the initial election did not have a majority winner.

Pre-political science sophomore and presidential hopeful Zachary Brown and pre-communication sophomore Anthony Brown got 48 percent of the student vote, but did not have the required 51 percent to be named SGA President and Vice President.

Sociology junior Precious Femi-Ogunyemi and communication studies junior  Jake Dionne got 37 percent of the vote. Femi-Ogunyemi and Dionne will face off with Brown and Brown in the run off.

International studies sophomore Shamaal Fletcher and pre-psychology sophomore Lauren Aldridge garnered 15 percent of the vote, and will not be participating in the second election. Aldridge said she and her running mate ran their campaign well, despite the final results.

“I would prefer to remain neutral for the remainder of the election,” Aldridge said.

Current president Rudy Reynoso said the run-off election will be held either next week or in two weeks. The remaining candidates will choose when the runoff will occur, and Reynoso said the SGA would be certain of a timeframe by tomorrow.

Reynoso said a plurality in the primary election doesn’t guarantee a runoff victory.

“It was really a surprise ending,” Reynoso said of this year’s election. “It’s possible that [the results] flip. I’m excited myself to see how it turns out.”

The most recent run-off in an SGA election occurred two years ago when Blake Windham defeated Kellie Hill 702-672, which was exactly 51 percent of the vote. Just like in the primary election, the winner in the runoff must have at least 51 percent of the vote.

Two years ago when the run-off between Windham and Hill was held, three percent of the student body voted.

Vice Presidential candidate Anthony Brown said he and Zachary Brown would just remain focused during the run-off.

“We still have an election to run, so we’ll just focus on that,” he said. “We may not have had 51 percent, but we had a pretty strong lead in my opinion.”

Zachary Brown could not be reached for comment.

Femi-Ogunyemi said she is confident about the run-off.

“This run-off will hopefully prove to be successful, and students will pick the right choice this time around,” she said.

This year, 2,742 votes were cast in the election. The overall percentage of the student body to vote was down from last year’s election. Ten percent voted a year ago compared to eight percent this year.

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