Class council election results released
Aaron Steiner | Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The senior class council and sophomore class council election results were announced Monday evening at 9 p.m., with a clear winner in the sophomore race and a run-off election result in the senior class council race.
Judicial Council Marcello Perez, vice president of the Judicial Council Elections Committee, announced the results of these two races after voting was held Monday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. online.
Senior class council
The three-way race for the senior class council resulted in a run-off election scheduled for Thursday. With 1,046 current juniors voting, the tickets led by Chris Tillett and Kim Kyrouac garnered 42.4 percent and 31.7 percent of the votes respectively. Because neither ticket received more than 50 percent of the votes, a run-off election will be held Thursday.
The ticket of Christina Harmon, Arthur Kinsey, Jessica Bell and Kim Hamill received 166 votes, amounting to 15.8 percent of the vote. Tillett and his running mates Joy Hwang, Matt Molloy and Ellie Trousdale received 444 votes, and Kyrouac and running mates Jeff Lakusta, Jordan Schank and Kathleen Donahue received 332 votes. One-hundred four juniors, or nearly 10 percent, voted to abstain.
Kyrouac, the current junior class president, said she was not surprised by the run-off result.
“Especially with three tickets, we knew it was going to be competitive,” she said.
Both tickets were pleased with the high turnout.
“We were happy to see that people got out there an voted for us, but obviously the election’s not over yet,” Tillett said.
Tillett said he needs to convince juniors that their ticket is the best for the class.
“The reason we decided to run and what we felt was that this year’s junior class council kind of dropped the ball a little bit,” Tillett said.
“We wanted to make sure that our senior year was as best as it could be so we decided to step up and make sure that happens.”
Kyrouac said her ticket has the know-how to make the most of the opportunity to serve as class leaders.
“With our combined experience, new ideas, and dedication to serve our class we hope our ticket will come out on top,” she said.
The run-off election will take place Thursday in the same manner as Monday’s election. Students will be instructed via e-mail to vote online between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Sophomore class council
Catherine Soler and her running mates Jay Kenney, Ben German and Shannon Crotty won the race for sophomore class council with 55.5 percent, amounting to 609 votes of the 1096 cast in the election.
The other two tickets in the race had 37.5 percent of the vote between them. The C.J. Kelly, Courtney Vargas, Katie Kelliher and Nick Schmidt ticket earned 263 votes, or 23.9 percent, and the Lauren Ruhling, Jay Mathes, Laura Philip and Carl Brophy ticket got 148 votes, or 13.5 percent.
Soler, currently a member of freshman class council, responded to concerns raised by competing tickets that the current freshman class council is a “clique.”
“The clique is really a misconception,” she said. “It’s by now means exclusive or anything like that.”
“One of our main goals is to increase the diversity on the council and hope that all who are interested in class council feel encouraged to apply,” she said.
Soler said she was “happy” with the results.
“We are looking forward to following out the ideas on our platform,” she said.