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Boyle, McGuire win student body government election

and | Thursday, February 7, 2019

Anna Mason | The Observer
President elect junior Elizabeth Boyle embraces a supporter following news of her victory. She ran alongside sophomore Patrick McGuire.

Junior Elizabeth Boyle and sophomore Patrick McGuire were elected student body president and vice president after winning 53.27 percent of the student body’s vote Thursday.

Boyle and McGuire defeated juniors Mario Markho and Charlie Ortega Guifarro, juniors Eduardo Luna and Haley Coleman and freshmen Carlston Chang and Kevin O’Leary.

The Markho-Ortega ticket drew in 30.09 percent of the vote, followed by Chang-O’Leary with 10.04 percent and Luna-Coleman with 6.60 percent.

Total voter turnout was 40 percent.

Shady Girgis, president of the judicial council, said he expected the election to result in a run-off.

“We had four tickets, so I think one ticket getting more than 50 percent was kind of a shock to all of us,” he said. “So that was kind of cool, I think the Boyle and McGuire ticket were really good candidates for it and I think they’ll do a good job.”

Boyle said she felt “really, really lucky and grateful” for those on her campaign and others who supported the ticket.

The pair’s first concern is putting together a team to work in their administration, McGuire said.

“One thing we’ll do, first and foremost, is looking into assembling a team and really reaching out to a lot of people, seeing the best things we can do on that end,” he said. “ … Just really hitting the ground running with the things we want to do.”

“We’re pumped to reach out to all areas of campus and get new people involved in student government and hear new voices and really make this year amazing,” Boyle echoed.

The pair said they hope to integrate the other candidates’ ideas into their own.

“One of the first things we said in there was that we really wanted to work with the other tickets and their great ideas and, you know, the ways they want to impact the student body,” McGuire said.

McGuire said he thanks each of the candidates for a smooth election process.

“[We’re] so grateful for all the tickets and the team and also that it was just such a clean and respectful campaign on all fronts,” he said.

“There is so much happiness and joy and passion here tonight and that’s what the entire next year is going to be [like] … so, I’m excited for that,” Boyle said.

Ortega said he’s thankful for his running mates, Markho and Rojas, for their work throughout the election season.

“I would like to say that I am very proud of my team,” he said. “Mario [Markho] and Tiffany [Rojas] did a hell of a job, and so did the rest of our team. I personally am not crying because I know there’s absolutely no shame in giving it your all. We gave 110 percent. I am very proud of that.”

O’Leary said the Chang-O’Leary ticket surpassed its goal of 10 percent.

“I’m ecstatic,” Chang said.

Both Luna and Coleman declined to a request to comment.

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