Crowded into a room on the third floor of the library, 43 candidates attended the all-candidates meeting Wednesday night to officially begin their campaigns for the 2018 Associated Students Inc. student elections.
Election commissioner Ashon Haider and chief justice of the student court Travis Childress welcomed “The future of ASI” as the election codes and campaigning rules were reviewed.
After signing the proper release forms and acknowledgements, candidates were encouraged to begin campaigning. Those running for office are officially allowed to spread the word on social media and speak to campus groups and individuals to get support.
According to election rules, all candidate posters are required to be approved by ASI and there is a size limit for posters and motorized vehicles for campaigning are now allowed. The use of amplified sound systems for campaigning purposes is prohibited (unless the university gives permission).
There are also rules against creating one’s own polling station on election day and campaigning within 100 feet of a polling station.
An election violation form was included in the candidates’ packet, and they were reminded to keep each other accountable and report any violations. Campaigning will continue until voting opens online and on campus starting March 20 through March 22.
The ballot will also include a referendum on the “New Student Union” project, which seeks to install a new building on campus for student activities. Voting will be available online through a secure ballot website accessible through student emails or at a polling station on campus.
The Collegian will be covering the entire election in print, online and all social media platforms. The annual ASI-Collegian Presidential Debate is scheduled for March 16 in the USU Pavilion at 1 p.m.
The Collegian’s “ASI Elections Special Issue” will publish on March 7. Here are the following candidates in the running as of Feb. 21 according to ASI officials.:
President: Carter N. Pope II; Demi Wack; Corey A. Miracle; Sebastian K. Wenthe
Vice President of Finance: Davis M. Ward; Ben R. Warmerdam
Vice President of External Affairs: Diamond T. Morehead; Ryan J. Cherry; Nicholas M. Matoian; Primavera L. Martinez
Senator of the College of Arts & Humanities: Sal Solorio; Hunter E. Sansom
Senator of the Craig School of Business: Tej Pratap Singh; Alondra Salazar
Senator of the College of Health and Human Services: Nour Basharaheel
Senator for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology: Jacqueline S. Taylor
Senator for the Kremen School of Education and Human Development: Alexandra Chavez
Senator for the Lyles College of Engineering: Michael K. Merzoian
Senator for the College of Science and Math: Lemuel Vince S. Rivera
Senator for the College of Social Sciences: Colleen E. Busby; Jasmine C. Pierson; Excel Espino
Senators-At-Large: Gina V. Gutierrez; Claire D. Copher; Elizabeth Rocha Zuniga; Marisa N. Chavez; Baltripat Singh; Bryce Johnson; Evangelia M. Pappas; Ramon Jimenez Ortega; Amber K. Malhi; Madison S. Milliorn; Christopher R.B. Rodriguez; Beverly Perez-Alvarez; Federico Madera; Holley A. Estep; Hisham A. Qutob; Ruby Muniz; Chloe K. Vanderzwaag; Elias J. Karam; Sarid A. Morales; Jordan V. Cody; Cam Patterson
This article was updated from its original version.