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EDITORIAL

Rao/Devereaux for UA President/VP

Given that each of the candidate teams presents serious weaknesses, the majority of us believe the only way to fashion an acceptable ticket is to exercise our right to write in a candidate team. We endorse Sanjay K. Rao for UA President and Jaime E. Devereaux for UA Vice President. We choose Rao for president because of his ability to connect with students and serve as a strong spokesman for the UA. We like Devereaux as vice-president because her experience with the UA allows her to administer the UA and serve as a “behind-the-scenes” leader.

In order to make this partnership work, each candidate must acknowledge the skills the other candidate brings to the table. Devereaux must recognize that Rao’s vigor and student perspective makes him the ideal choice for the UA’s most public position. Likewise, Rao must recognize Devereaux’s wealth of experience within government and give her independent authority to manage the internal affairs of the UA.

To vote for this ticket, students must choose the option of “write-in” from the list available on the UA voting software. Voters should then write in the full names of Rao and Devereaux for president and vice president, respectively.

We realize that the action we urge is highly unusual; however we believe that all three tickets have flaws so serious they preclude us from endorsing them. It is our right as students to write in a candidate team, and we believe that combining Rao and Devereaux brings the right combination of perspective and experience to the UA. We reach reluctantly the conclusion that this is the best choice students can make from a field of imperfect candidates.