Sweeping four out of five colleges, Sen. Dusty Dean has been named president-elect of the Student Government Association.
Dean defeated Sec. General Pamela Bartholomew by a margin of 407 to 346 votes, or 54 percent of the total votes for president. The newly represented Bachelor of University Studies New College contributed both of their two votes cast to Bartholomew.
Former Sen. Liz Craig carried 711 votes in her unopposed race for Vice President. Likewise, Okwede Okoh had 713 votes in her unopposed race for Secretary General.
Lauren Brannon garnered 391 votes to become the top-rated candidate for the Student Trustee position. She will join Jennifer Ogg (383) and Beau Pemberton (378) as nominees for the position to be decided by Gov. Phil Bredesen in the next few months. Jake Bynum (297) did not make the top three cut.
In the Senate races:
Rachel Hammond (95), Sen. Laura Harber (89), former Sen. Kevin Anderson (83) and Sen. Clarissa Porterfield (74) will represent the College of Business and Public Affairs. Richard Hines (70) and Anastasia Umanets (48) did not make the top four cut.
Sen. Landon Loveall (84), Jake Dunavant (71) and Will Bird (72) will represent the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Andrew Jeffers (70) and Tracy Baker (50) did not make the top three cut.
Leah Simpson (123), Eric Rivera (121) and Jack Leonard (99) will represent the college of Education and Behavioral Sciences. James Orr (8), a write-in candidate did not make the top three cut.** Claudia Cole did not appear on the ballot because she did not complete the mandatory constitution test.
Audrey Smith (87), Thomas Winters (67) and Sergio Bustillo (2) will represent the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. No other candidates applied for the seats.
Rachel Mansfield (103), Rachel Albritton (75) and Gavin Breeden (71) will represent the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. No other candidates applied for the seats.
Two seek to lead Student Government Association
While most seats will run unopposed this year, a lot of attention has been given to the presidential race, a two-way tilt between juniors Pamela Bartholomew and Dusty Dean.
Both have devoted a great deal of time and effort, by any standard, in their quest for presidency. Both Dean and Bartholomew where making rounds to fraternities and sorority meetings Sunday night, along with others.
Sidewalk chalk, buttons, new posters, and preparations the ever-popular candy distribution in front of the University Center will take shape over the course of Sunday evening and on into the morning hours.
However, the presidency is not all that is at stake this year.
The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences features five candidates vying for three seats. Freshman Tracey Baker (FC), junior Wil Bird, freshman Jake Dunavant, Andrew Jeffers, and senior Landon Loveall (I) will be on the ballot.
The College of Business and Public Affairs has six candidates seeking four available seats. Junior Kevin Anderson, Laura Harber (I), freshman Rachel Hammond (FC), junior Richard Hines, junior Clarissa Porterfield and freshman Anastasia Umanets will be on the ballot.
The College of Education Behavioral Sciences will not be contested this year, with one seat out of the four left vacant because of Claudia Cole did not qualify for candidacy (did not take constitution test. Sophomore Jack Leonard, sophomore Eric Rivera, and junior Leah Simpson will be on the ballot.
The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences will not be contested this year, with one seat out of the three left vacant because of the lack of applicants. Freshman Audrey Smith (FC) and freshman Thomas Winters (FC) will be on the ballot.
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts will not be contested this year, with the three seats set to be filled by the three candidates. Freshman Rachel Albritton (FC), freshman Gavin Breeden and freshman Rachel Mansfield will be on the ballot.
The polls are open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday of this week in the University Center.
Wednesday, April 7 has been set aside for runoffs, which will not be necessary because a runoff election is only necessary if no candidate in a one-seat race achieves a over 50 percent.
The Pacer will post the election results as they come in to our web site, and will have a full report this Thursday in our print edition.
**Editor’s note: Acting Elections Commissioner Beth Parnell contacted The Pacer on Monday, Apr. 12, to say that since press time she discovered that the College of Education and Behavioral Studies will have four, not three, senators in the 2004-05 term and that James Orr, Jr., will be one of them.
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