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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Student Government

Candidates on home stretch, SGA runoffs begin


Presidential candidates Naeem Abdullah, left, of The “We” Party and Charles Haston, right, of REDvolution will face off during the final wave of voting this week in the runoff election. | File Photo/The Daily Cougar

The Student Government Association elections will be extended a week to accommodate a run-off for three posts: presidential slate and undergraduate-at-large Senate seats No. 1 and 2.

None of the presidential slates were able to capture a majority — at least 51 percent — of the votes. As a result, the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for REDvolution and The “We” Party will run against each other during an extended week of campaigning and voting. The two parties were separated by 243 ballots.

Sebastian Agudelo of REDvolution and Sterling Dodd of The “We” Party are competing for undergraduate-at-large Senate seat No. 1. Mohammad “Moe” Elsaadi of REDvolution and independent candidate Chelsea Moses are running for undergraduate-at-large Senate seat No. 2.

Two of the referendums that were voted on during the election — to amend the SGA Bill of Rights and to amend judicial branch appointment procedures — passed with more than 95 percent of the vote. A total of 2,978 students voted during the SGA elections.

Campaigning started at midnight Saturday and will end at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Run-off elections will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

More information about election results can be found here.

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