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McCormick wins in run-off

Emily Schrank | Friday, February 18, 2011

Junior Pat McCormick and sophomore Brett Rocheleau won the election for student body president and vice president after capturing 64 percent of the vote in Thursday’s runoff, Judicial Council president Marcelo Perez said.

McCormick and Rocheleau defeated junior James Ward and freshman Heather Eaton in the runoff election.

“It was a very normal turnout, with just a little over 3,000 students voting,” Perez said. “No more or no less than usual.”

McCormick, who currently serves as the chair of the Senate Social Concerns Committee, said he looks forward to working toward a smooth transition with current student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell.

“We want to build on the extraordinary foundation their leadership has built for student government,” he said.

The ticket’s top priority is going to be trying to connect to students in all areas of their life, McCormick said.

“We want to try to transform student government as a way of amplifying students’ voices and responding to issues that students care about,” he said. “It is our hope that we can build a student government that allows students to chart their own course for the future of Notre Dame.”

McCormick said they hope to make student government more about students by creating a committee for constituent services.

“Ultimately, moral conscience is at the core of all of our ideas,” he said.

Rocheleau, who was out of town when the polls closed at 8 p.m., received the results of the election via Skype.

“I’m very excited and I wish I was there,” he said. “We’re both looking forward to a great year.” 

Ward and Eaton received 35.9 percent of the vote in the runoff. Eaton said the ticket was excited to have made it to this point in the election.

“It’s definitely something to cross off the bucket list,” Eaton said. “I just want to thank everyone who has supported us. It’s been a great run.”

Ward said he hopes to remain involved with student government despite the loss.

“I’m thinking about jumping into the policy side of things,” he said. “It definitely opens up a lot of opportunities.”

McCormick said he and Rocheleau are looking forward to taking office April 1.

“We have high hopes for Notre Dame and the role that Notre Dame can play in higher education,” McCormick said. “We want to help students realize those hopes for our school.”