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Fewer than 500 students vote in AS elections

By | April 26, 2007 | News
Dropping his ballot in the box, freshman Brandon Knoll votes for the first time in AS elections. The political science major said he voted to support his friend Vincent Aguirre, who ran for a senator at-large position. Votes were counted by the League of Women Voters.
Juan Villa / The Collegian

Only about 2.2 percent of the student body participated in this year’s Associated Students election. According to Election Commissioner Kuyler Crocker, 494 students voted.

This was down considerably from last year’s voter turnout of 1,398.

Both Juan Pablo Moncayo and Russel Statham were re-elected as president and vice president of finance, respectively. Moncayo received 375 votes. Statham received 328 votes. Both Statham and Moncayo ran unopposed.

Only two positions faced a run-off between candidates. Sandra Nunes and Joel Sandana both ran for the position of Senator of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Saldana won with about 53.7 percent of the vote.

The other contested positions were those for Senator At-Large. Seven positions were available with nine students of assorted majors running. Matthew Ortiz, Jamina Hackett, Clayton Best, Stephen Trembley, Jackie Mundt, Mackee Mason and Ashik Ahmed were elected.

Lauren Johnson won the position of Senator of the Craig School of Business with 54 votes. Katherine Yeffa received 24 votes to be elected as Senator for the Kremen School of Education.

Jamie Ruddy was elected as the Senator for the College of Science and Mathematics, and Lucas Stillmaker won the position of the Senator for the College of Engineering, respectively. Stillmaker received 18 votes; Ruddy earned 48. None of these races were contested.

While no candidates were originally on the ballot for the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Health and Human Services or Social Sciences, registered write-in candidates stepped up.

Gary Krboyan, Sara Campbell, Jeanette Carder and David Heckman all ran for the College of Arts and Humanities. Campbell won with 57 percent of the vote.

As a write-in candidate, Megan Crabtree ran unopposed and won for the College of Health and Human Services. She received 2 votes.

Three students, Miguel Perez, Eric Cuadros and Chris Kelm put forth their names as candidates for the College of Social Sciences. Cuadros won when he received 9 votes.

Fresno State students also approved the only initiative on the ballot, which upon the dissolution of AS, gives the CSU Board of Trustees the responsibility of determining where existing funds would go. The vote passed 244 to 57.

All data was provided by Election Commissioner Kuyler Crocker.

The League of Women Voters conducted the polling and vote count. According to the AS Election Code, candidates have 14 days to protest the election results.

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2 Responses to Fewer than 500 students vote in AS elections

  1. FSDogs1 says:

    That voter turnout is just sad. But what can you expect when everyone is running unopposed!? And the health and human services senator wins with 2 write-in votes? 2!?

  2. FSDogs1 says:

    That voter turnout is just sad. But what can you expect when everyone is running unopposed!? And the health and human services senator wins with 2 write-in votes? 2!?

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