Student Government Association elections complete
By LeAnne Davis, Editor-in-Chief
Date: April 18th, 2007

The signs have been taken down, and the votes are in for the 2007-2008 Student Government Association Executive Board.
After the polls closed Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m., Prime Justice Kourtney Short prepared for a weekend of counting student votes. Once the ballots were tallied, Jessica Cook overcame Buck Skeen to win the presidency, and Bryan Henderson won the contested race for Public Defender against Ryan Blankenship.
Brittany Jeanne Keys, Akeya Carter-Bozman, Nicole Edwards, Ezekiel Keyes, Michael Kinder, Ryan Blankenship, Carmella Thompson, Brad Garner were the eight of nine candidates elected to the senatorial positions.
In the uncontested positions, Curtis Kearns was named Business Manager, Devon Stewart Vice President, Ashley Gillespie Attorney General, and Travis Prince Board of Governors representative.
While the election process appears to have run smoothly this year, Chief Justice Cody Brewster showed concern over the lack of voter turnout. This season's election saw slightly over 400 people at the ballot boxes, the lowest number of voters for an SGA election in seven years. "Looking back from a judicial standpoint, I think that the low turnout was due to the fact that campaigning really wasn't allowed in a lot of areas where it was in previous years, and many candidates felt they couldn't campaign the way they wanted because of the new regulations."
One concern the Election Committee will review for the next voting season involves the length of time the polls are open to the students. In past years, student court justices opened the polls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but this season, the polls were only manned from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This eight-hour shortage may possibly be linked to the lower voter turnout.
Speaking of the election as a whole, Brewster said, "The candidates who ran the most aggressive campaign by speaking to the most organizations, put up the most flyers, and so on came out on top in the polls. This is definitely a result of their hard work, and I congratulate the winners."
Henderson, a three-year SGA veteran, commented on the experience of running for office, saying, "Meeting with each of the student organizations to campaign for support and raise awareness was the most time-consuming, but the most rewarding part of the election."
"I had a lot of fun planning Spring Event this year, and I'm really looking forward to planning Homecoming 2007," said Vice President Devon Stewart. "I've learned a lot of things through planning this week, and I'm going to look at things, reflect on processes over the summer, and bring change this fall. I've got a lot of ideas, especially regarding the formation of SGA committees."
Business Manager elect Curtis Kearns, who is currently a freshman senator, said, "I think the election went very well, much better than compared to last year. I personally ran on change, and I plan to deliver!"
As for the other positions in the SGA Executive Branch including Ombudsman, Secretary, and Parliamentarian, applications will be available at the beginning of the fall semester for any interested party.
President-elect Jessica Cook and her fellow elected officers will be sworn in at the final SGA meeting of the semester, to be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 in the State Room.
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