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Friday, September 29, 2023


The Daily Cougar Voter’s Guide

The Student Government Association will have its election today and Thursday. Students can make their choices for student leader representatives at beginning 8 a.m. today and ending 8 p.m. Thursday.

Below is a complete list of candidates and responses from those who chose to release their information to the Cougar and then respond.

The questions were: 1. What is the biggest issue facing your constituents? 2. How do you intend to address and resolve that issue?

Note to candidates: If you have not responded and would like to, please send your answers to [email protected]. We will update this list throughout today and Thursday as we receive additional information. Please keep your responses to 2-3 words for Question 1 and 25 words for Question 2. We reserve the right to edit responses for spelling, grammar and length.


Samuel Dike

Top Issue:

Tuition and fees


Cap tuition increases, build (UH) endowment, reallocate unused resources and increase financial aid support for students.

Kelli Harper

Vice President

Jonas Chin

Judah Johns

At-Large 1

Aamir Abdullah

Brandon Brewton

Top Issue:

Academic bill of rights


We can accomplish these goals by challenging the university administration to make this university as good as its promise.

Natalie Tarnosky

At-Large 2

Aleah Al-Sad

At-Large 3

Jeremy Edwards

Top Issue:

Campus housing


To work with the Residential Life and Housing committees to impose a plan to keep housing prices competitive with surrounding real estate area.

Richard Petersen

At-Large 4

Tommy Kirby

Ravi Khinda


Jay Jacoby

Business seat 1

Salman Amanullah

Top Issue:

Quality service, student satisfaction with administration


As an ongoing process, I want to work with the students and the administration to bridge the gap and resolve these quality issues.

Mark Carswell

Tatiana Ruiz-Cornejo

Top Issue:

School spirit


Hold meetings with (UH) administration and have students address concerns and let students discuss ways to increase UH spirit on campus.

Business seat 2

Stephen Quezada

Efiori Umana

Business seat 3

Jeffrey Li

Top Issue:

Political voice


Get more people involved by starting a new campus political party.

Business seat 4

Jonathan Garza

Mustafa Kodwavi

Business seat 5

Jared Lopez

Mariam Zakaria

CLASS seat 1

Alexander Obregon

Top Issue:

Administration has lost touch with students


What better way to address students’iacute; need than to speak directly with the student body and be a voice for it? I will be a liaison between the students and administration.

John Phillips

CLASS seat 2

Rachel Coolidge

Michael S. Godek

Top Issue:

Making students’ voices heard


"College Councils," more town hall-type meetings, get students on more advisory committees

Roland Henshaw

CLASS seat 3

Kelly Evans

Top Issue:

CLASS student representation


Form a CLASS council, that way each field has a representative. Second, I have set up a permanent e-mail ( so students and faculty can express their concerns.

David Gonzalez

Top Issue:

Senator accountability


It is imperative that as senator, I am proactive by listening to student concerns and ensuring that their issues are taken to higher powers to get resolved.

Abdul Khan

Top Issue:

Community involvement


To improve the standard of living in the Third Ward community of which we are a part.

Ricardo Montenegro

Top Issue:

Adding courses


Students should have more of an ability to choose from a wider range of available classes and incorporate such a change without raising tuition.

CLASS seat 4

Bethany Johns

Jenny Stanley

Top Issue:



I believe students need to be a part of the of the transformation of this University into a (flagship) school and SGA is a great opportunity for students to have (a) say.

CLASS seat 5

Amod Ahmad

Sean Tarver

CLASS seat 6

Mallory McKenney

Top Issue:

Mandatory meal plans


I want to negotiate with Aramark and name our standards, prices and options.

CLASS seat 7

Stephen Klesel

Rajji Kaur

Education seat 1

Quione Cooke

Jackie Stout

Top Issue:

Lack of student camaraderie/interaction


Creating organizations that will give students the opportunity to interact with each other and network. I also hope to create surveys that will obtain the opinion of the student body.

Engineering seat 1

Nizar Aouni

Top Issue:

Tuition and fees


My big concerns are a rigorous implementation of the four pillars of engineering, affordable tuition and fees as well as new and cheap parking lots.

Haripriya Sundararaju

Frank Thomas

Engineering seat 2

Lyle Hood

Ibrahima Komara

Bianca Ramirez

Osaid Shamsi

Graduate At-Large 1

Van Nhan Hua

Graduate At-Large 2

Manikantesh Bonatham

Top Issue:

Student communication


I will solve (major) problems by improving the communication between the students and the SGA senators.


Benjamin Johns

Zuhair Siddiqi


Oana Borcoman

Top Issue:

Student services


By implementing surveys, holding employees accountable and by streamlining the admissions process, making the student experience pleasant and welcoming from the beginning.

Francesca McCaughan


Norman Nelson

NSM seat 1

Mary Elhardt

Top Issue:

Mandatory meal plans


Introduce non-m
andatory meal plans for residents, so that Aramark can earn our money and not simply expect it.

NSM seat 2

Jamie Xiu

NSM seat 3

Norma Islam


Jissi Balon

Social Work

Josephine Tittsworth

Technology seat 1

Brian Reading

Top Issue:

Residential Life and Housing Services


Meet with Residential Life and Housing to make sure there is real accountability for services provided for on-campus residents, such as internet connectivity.

Technology seat 2

Minela Bajrovic


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