Montejano to take office June 1
After results were announced just before spring break, Associated Students, Inc. welcomed three new executives and 14 senators on June 1.
Arthur Montejano, a master’s student in the Kinesiology Department, was elected president with 620 votes, beating out Daniel Harrison and write-in candidate Jose Nava. Harrison received 411 votes, and Nava received 116 votes.
On March 29, the votes from the three-day election were tallied by the League of Women Voters. Students were able to vote online from Tuesday morning until the election closed on Thursday afternoon. This year’s election drew 1,216 students, a smaller turnout compared to last year’s 1,533 and 1,783 in 2010.
Montejano said in an email that his main goal as president is to fix the communication gap between ASI and students by holding General Assemblies.
“My goals are to identify ways in which Associated Students, Inc. can help alleviate the burden of the ever-increasing cost of higher education, increase opportunities for student development and make ASI more accessible to students,” Montejano said.
Montejano will be accompanied by Vice President of External Affairs Sean Kiernan and Vice President of Finance Rebecca Rosengarten.
“I will be the first person in this position,” Kiernan said. “So, I am going to shape the job duties for future incumbents.”
Vice president of external affairs was added after students voted in the position in early February. The position combines the duties of the current executive vice president and senator of legislative affairs.
Although Kiernan will be the first person in this position, he is unsure he will be able to serve the entire term.
“I am also applying for student trustee,” Kiernan said. “If appointed by the governor to that position, I will resign as VP of External Affairs.”
Kiernan is currently the senator for resident affairs and said if he doesn’t get appointed student trustee he will continue the community revitalization effort and continue as chair of the legislative affairs committee as VP of external affairs.
Rosengarten is also already a part of ASI and is a business major from Capitola, Calif. She has served as Senate secretary since June 2011 and won the vice president of finance with 49 percent of the votes.
Like Montejano, Rosengarten also plans to help students learn about the resources available on campus.
“A few of my goals are to show students that ASI gives back to them in more ways than just activity grants for their clubs and grants for research,” said Rosengraten.
ASI will welcome ten new senators with four senators returning: Oscar Perez, Parmita Choudhury, Fernado Moreno and Kevin Boles. No candidates ran for the senator of the Craig School of Business.
A complete list of all senators can be found below. Montejano also said he can be reached for questions or concerns via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his campaign Facebook page at facebook.com/art4asi.
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