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Candidates are in place for SGA president and vice president

Candidates are in place for SGA president and vice president

Candidates are in place for SGA president and vice president
March 05
01:14 2014

Joshua Knopp // Senior Staff Writer

The Student Government Association is confirming candidates for the president and senate after the application deadline last Friday.

There are three applicants for president: communication studies sophomore Pedro Ortiz, running with political science junior Donald Poer; general, choral and instrumental music sophomore Troy Elliott, running with recreation, event and sport management sophomore Kamaeron Willard; and pre-interior design senior Katrina Gibson, running with interdisciplinary master’s student Le’Dean Arnold.

SGA advisor Melissa McGuire is currently vetting all candidates to make sure they meet the requirements to serve in their proposed positions. Campaigning will begin March 17, the Monday after spring break.

After a week and a half of campaigning, election polls for both presidential and senatorial candidates will open at 5 p.m. March 24 – a Monday – and close at 5 p.m. March 26. Sociology senior and election committee head Precious Femi-Ogunyemi said this is the minimum window for elections within the SGA bylaws and down from last year, when elections ran for five days.  Femi-Ogunyemi ran last year, and said this change was to make it easier on the candidates.


Left-Right: Troy Elliot, Pedro Ortiz and Katrina Gibson

Candidates for president will need more than 50 percent of the vote to win. If no candidate hits this mark, the lowest scoring candidate will be eliminated and the remaining two will have a runoff.

If there is a runoff, there will be another week of campaigning from March 31 through April 4, and that election would start at 5 p.m. on April 7 and run through 5 p.m. on April 9. McGuire said a runoff is likely because there are three candidates.

Current SGA president Zachary Brown said the candidates would need to cultivate the leadership to balance running an organization with representing the student body outside SGA. He also said they would need the passion to see their goals through.

“It becomes a really long year,” Brown said.

Center photo: The current candidates for SGA president: Troy Elliot, Pedro Ortiz and Katrina Gibson. Photos by Joshua Knopp / Senior Staff Writer 

Feature photo: The Student Government Association logo. Graphic courtesy of UNT SGA

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