USG polls close Thursday
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 00:09
With two days left to campaign, the candidates for the 46 Undergraduate Student Government Senate seats have been locked in.
The 31 students running for USG Senate can begin sizing up their opponents and making a two-day campaign push before polls close on Thursday night.
Senate seats are open for students to represent their respective class, living area, and academic school. Of the 46 seats, however, only four races will be contested.
The most competitive of the four will be the seat for freshman class senator, with six nominees on the ballot.
Incumbent senator Kevin Alvarez, a Northwest senator, said it is typical for the freshman class seat to be highly contested, and this year’s slate of candidates are taking their work seriously.
“Quite a few candidates this year are phenomenal campaigners, which I find very impressive,” Alvarez said. “But it’s unfortunate because some really great, qualified people always want the glory of freshman class seat without realizing it has the same power as any other.”
Other contested races include Buckley dorm, McMahon dorm, and the School of Engineering.
As for the remainder of the seats, 17 will be uncontested races–meaning candidates will be automatically elected–and 25 seats will remain empty. Empty seats are common among apartments and dorms where many upper-classmen live, including Charter Oak Apartments, Mansfield Apartments, Northwood Apartments and Husky Village.