UA Elections Begin With Some Positions Going UncontestedBy Kathy Lin
Fifteen individual and nine teams of candidates will officially begin campaigning for Undergraduate Association and class council positions at 5 p.m. tonight.
Some positions, including UA President, remain uncontested, and four are without candidates.
The deadline for registering to run for elected office was this past Wednesday. There are still no candidates for four positions: secretary for the class of 2005, publicity chairs for the class of 2005, secretary for the class of 2006, and publicity chairs for the class of 2006.
Some students have filed petitions for extensions for their paperwork. Students whose petitions were approved and students who wish to run for the open positions have until March 1 to turn in their paperwork.
Solomon M. Bisker ’05, chair of the UA Election Commission, declined to release a list of names of people whose petitions have been granted.
Several positions uncontested
Harel M. Williams ’05 and Philip A. Vasquez ’05 are currently the only registered team running for the President and Vice President positions for the Undergraduate Association.
An uncontested presidential race has “never happened, that I know of,” said Bisker.
Bisker said that the UA does “intend to still have the [UA President and Vice President candidate] debate if we have a serious write-in campaign.”
Nine positions in the class council elections are currently unopposed as well.
‘Froshmores’ may vote with 2007
Freshmen on sophomore standing are able to choose the class council for which they will cast their ballot.
The process for having the freshmen who declared sophomore standing appeal to vote for the class of 2007 instead of the class of 2006 “was streamlined a lot by having the ‘froshmores’ fill out [an appeal] form” when they filled out their sophomore standing form, said Bisker.
There is a “pretty big list” of freshmen on sophomore standing who asked to retain the right to vote for the class of 2007, Bisker said.
Election debate planned
“We’ve got debates coming up next week for the UA President and Vice President, and class council presidents,” Bisker said.
The UA President and Vice President debate will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday March 2, on the 1st floor of the Student Center. The class council presidents debate will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday March 3, also on the first floor of the Student Center.
Elections will be held online from March 8 through 13, with paper balloting taking place in Lobby 10 on March 12.