Judicial Council announces tickets for student body president, vice president
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Judicial Council announced the three tickets for the upcoming elections for the offices of Notre Dame student body president and vice president in an email to students Tuesday.
Freshmen Andrew Gannon and Mark Moran; juniors Alex Kruszewski and Julia Dunbar; and juniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart all received the requisite 700 signatures to be eligible for the electoral process.
According to the email, a debate between the three tickets is scheduled for Monday at 9 p.m. in the Midfield Commons of the Duncan Student Center. Judicial Council is offering students the opportunity to submit questions for the candidates via a Google form, and “several of these questions may be read during the debate,” the email said.
The election for student body president and vice president will take place Feb. 7. If none of the tickets receive a majority of the vote, a run-off will take place. Should that be the case, a second debate is set for Feb. 11, and the final election will take place Feb. 12, according to the Judicial Council’s website.
The winning ticket will take office for the 2018–2019 term April 1, succeeding current student body president Becca Blais and vice president Sibonay Shewit.
The Kruszewski-Dunbar campaign features eight “highlights,” including working with University administrators to decrease tuition, adjust the definition of “consent” at Notre Dame and ensuring plans for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the second part of the Eddy Street Commons expansion project, according to the campaign’s platform.
Kruszewski and Dunbar also list ideas specific to 15 departments within student government on their campaign platform, including plans for new departments such as a sustainability department and a University policy department.
The McGavick-Gayheart ticket has centered its campaign platform around three adjectives: approachable, collaborative and transformative (ACT). McGavick and Gayheart have divided these categories into four, six and five subcategories, respectively.
Some of the ticket’s main promises include holding the Student Activities Office accountable, working with Campus Dining to improve upon recent changes within the department and placing an emphasis on transparency within student government.
Both the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket and McGavick-Gayheart ticket promise to work to repeal the new six-semester housing requirement in their campaign platforms.
The Gannon-Moran ticket has not yet publicly released a campaign platform.