USG presidency candidates announce bids: Brendan O’Kelly

03-24-09 Brendan O'Kelly
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Major and Year: History and political science sophomore

Running Mates: Rudi O’Keefe-Zelman (Policy) and Chris Fennessey (Services)

Why are you running for office?

To ensure students get the most out of the money they invest in student government and in the University, to make sure their voice is heard on the local and state level and to make sure they get the most out of their campus experience.

What experience qualifies you for the position?

I’ve served as USG chief of staff for the last two years, where I oversaw the operations of more than 60 staff members and interns. I’ve also seen the budget increase to $2 million and seen where the money should have been spent and where it’s been wasted.

I’ve also seen that the greatest problem with USG is communication. Right now, it’s an isolated organization. The greatest successes come when USG reaches out to organizations on campus and becomes a resource for students.

What do you think is the most important issue of the election?

Fighting the budget cuts and extending financial aid.

Why should ASU students elect you?

We bring real ideas and real experience to the table. We will give students the most for their money, campus services they will actually use, and utilize our resources to represent the student voice.

What is the No. 1 change you want to see on campus?

Extended commitments to financial aid.

How does the University’s current economic state affect your plans if elected?

We will minimize the burden of the state budget cuts on students by making sure tuition remains affordable by extending commitments to financial aid.