USG and GPSA elections end with lingering senate vacancies

Here are the students serving the ASU student body for the 2019-20 school year

The Associated Students of ASU elections for next year's student government representatives ended on Wednesday after two weeks of campaigning. The results were announced Thursday at noon on each of the campuses.

Undergraduate Student Government Tempe

The executive ticket of Hanna Salem, Trey Leveque and Nikki Tran ran against two other tickets to win the USGT election. They received 1,551 votes, or about 60 percent of the vote.

The campaign's platforms included promoting civic engagement among ASU students, fiscal responsibility in USGT and sustainability on campus. 

Currently, Salem is the director of civic engagement, and Tran serves as the USGT president.

The candidates on the Salem ticket said their familiarity with USGT operations, along with their diverse backgrounds, will allow them to create a more representative student government. 

In second place was the ticket with Chaz Simmons as president, gaining 861 votes. In third was the ticket headed by Robert Bartlemay, garnering 161 votes.

Kim Adversario, Megan Hall and Kate Hostal were elected to fill the three available senate seats for Barrett, the Honors College

Carla Rendon, Ryan Magel, Maria Mason, Benjamin Cooper and Ian Samuel were elected to fill the five available senate seats for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Fatima Rahim, Isabella Shilliday, Emily Bradbury, Travis Wanless and Matthew DiPrima were elected to fill the five available senate seats for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. They were the only candidates running for the positions.

Michael Graham and Scott Scalisi were elected to the two senate seats available for the College of Integrative Arts and Sciences. The two candidates ran unopposed.

Varun Susarla ran unopposed for one available seat for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

Jack Fuller, Dominic Frattura, John Hopkins and Thompson Vipond were elected to the four available seats for the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Senate seats remain vacant for the College of Health Solutions, School of Sustainability, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Undergraduate Student Government Downtown

The executive ticket of Yasmin Alvarado, Kylie Cochrane and ​Michelle Ailport ran unopposed in the USGD election. They received 345 votes.

Their platform included promoting legislative and civics initiatives, expanding resources for commuter students and emphasizing reproductive and menstrual health, to fulfill their slogan of "Engage. Advocate. Empower." 

The ticket also emphasized their goal of communicating with the students on the Downtown Phoenix campus to better represent the student body and pursue initiatives that students put forward.

Brendan Wong ran unopposed for one of two senate seats for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Renuka Vemuri and Lance Lim were elected to two senate seats for Barrett.

Dahlia Stott and Paola Valenzuela were elected to two senate seats for the College of Health Solutions.

Reyna Villegas ran unopposed for one of two available senate seats for the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Senate seats remain vacant for the Watts College, the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, CONHI, and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Undergraduate Student Government West

The executive ticket of Tony Camisi, Kevin King and Maria Perez beat out Noah Hawks' ticket to win the USGW election. They received 433 votes, or about 55 percent of the vote.

Both tickets promoted student engagement on the West campus, which Camisi's campaign said it plans on achieving through direct engagement with the student body. 

The Camisi ticket also promoted a book co-op initiative, which would allow students to borrow textbooks from the library to save money. 

Keely Maria Nunez and Alayna Dalgleish ran unopposed for two of four available senate seats for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Sarah Livingston ran unopposed for one seat for the College of Health Solutions.

Diana Stabile ran unopposed for one seat for CONHI.

Michaela Jacobs ran unopposed for one seat for the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Senate seats remain vacant for the New College, Barrett, the Watts College, the Teachers College, and W.P. Carey.

Undergraduate Student Government Polytechnic 

The executive ticket of Daniel Pasco, Troy Anderson and Espie Sanchez-Apodaca ran unopposed in the USGP election. They received 169 votes.

Currently, all three members of the ticket serve in USGP. Pasco is the president, Anderson is a senator, and Sanchez-Apodaca is the director of marketing and technology. 

Their ticket promoted the work they have done so far in USGP, including subsidized Lyft rides, free hygiene products and free printing for Polytechnic students. 

Going forward, the ticket said it will continue to promote student interests through regular outreach with the student body. 

Kyle Horn was elected to one available seat for Barrett. 

Erik Maas was elected to one available seat for the engineering school.

Octavio Ramos was elected to one available seat for W.P. Carey.

Vacancies remain open for the Teachers College, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, and all the seats in the senate at-large.

Graduate and Professional Student Association

Leah Jones won the position of Graduate and Professional Student Association president over Thomas Arsenault. Jones received 971 votes, or about 66 percent of the vote.

Both candidates promoted diversity within GPSA and transparency from the organization. 

Jones' initiatives to accomplish these goals include supporting the creation of more Graduate Student Organizations and providing a clear breakdown of how GPSA spends the money it receives from the student fee. 

Hussein Mohamed ran unopposed for the vice president of external affairs, and Shivam Zaveri ran unopposed for the vice president of internal affairs. 

Amelia Miholca was elected as the vice president of professional development. 

Robert Yao ran unopposed to represent the College of Health Solutions.

Steven Marsiglia ran unopposed to represent the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. 

Asha Fuller and Peter Crank were elected to represent The College at-large. 

Alfonso Lopez-Morales was elected to represent for The College, humanities. 

Michelle Di Palma was elected to represent for The College, life sciences.

Jacob Garcia ran unopposed for The College, natural sciences.

Sarah Hall was elected to represent The College, social sciences.

Aaron Cromar was elected to represent CONHI. 

Zee Wilson was elected to represent Herberger.

Brianna Garber, Esther Pretti and Neelakshi Tewari were elected to represent the Teachers College.

Matthew Contursi was elected to represent the Future of Innovation in Society.

John Oyas was elected to represent the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Florian A. Schneider was elected to represent the School of Sustainability.

Denis Bateme was elected to represent Thunderbird.

Mahmood Raza and Marco Mangini were elected to represent W.P. Carey. 

Vacancies remain in W.P. Carey, the New College, the Watts College, the College of Law, the Cronkite School, Herberger, Health Solutions, the assembly at-large, and online at-large.

ASASU said after the election that the results for GPSA's Fulton representative have been voided and will be rerun due to "irregularities of voting," saying that the election will be rerun as soon as it can guarantee a fair election for the seats.

Editor's Note: Matthew Contursi is a former reporter for The State Press and Benjamin Cooper is a former columnist for State Press Magazine.


Reach the reporter at krquaran@asu.edu and vandana.ravikumar@asu.edu and follow @kiaraquaranta and @vandana_rav on Twitter. 

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