The Election Administration Committee (EAC) announced ASUWT’s election results on Monday afternoon, May 18, at the Student Y. The electoral votes had been verified May 15, but not even the candidates knew who won what until the results ceremony.
During the 2015/16 academic year senators will work under specific departments to better serve the needs of students within those majors. Prashneel Kumar will be senator for Business, Valeria “Val” Chagoya won Nursing/Healthcare Leadership, Erin Mulka won the position for Social Work, and the position of Information Technology went to Weiwei Shi.
There were several ties for this Spring’s elections. According to the EAC rulebook, if there is a tie for one position, the two candidates will then participate in a coin toss in order to determine which one will take the position. Stephen Brownin and Ricky/ Walter Clousing tied for Urban Studies, and Alex Johnson and Jalen Calhoun tied for IAS seat number two but since none of the candidates were in attendance at the election ceremony, the positions will be determined at a later date.
For the Elective results, UWT’s new ASUWT president for next year is Sophie Nop, the Student Technology Director will be John Poore, John Taylor Matthews will take over University Affairs, and Nadia Caldwell will be in charge of Outreach. Bronwyn Clarke won the Finance position and Legislative Affairs went to Samuel Ranslem. Lastly, the Internal Communications and Affairs position goes to Omer Adam.
Some positions have yet to be filled, specifically the seats for the Education, Undeclared Major, and the IAS number one.
The new Constitution goes into effect during the 2015/2016 school year and, as Election Administration Committee member Kari Gudgeon stated, “all candidates have displayed leadership, assertiveness, teamwork, and other great qualities needed to represent the unique needs and interests of the students” in their academic department.
Working as an ASUWT official allows members to gain important skills useful in the workplace. ASUWT officials work together to authorize and pass bills, lobby student interests to local and state legislators, allocate funds for technology around campus, improve student services, and more. Each department is limited in the number of seats that are available, so the race for seats is highly competitive.
If you are interested in applying for one of the three remaining positions, please contact current Vice President Tyler Bjork at asuwtvp.@uw.edu