SGA elections come to close, Allen declared winner

By on February 24, 2015

After three weeks of campaigning and a five-hour trial, the SGA election is over.

Victoria Allen, the candidate from Keep it Cardinal, won with nearly 57 percent of the vote over opponent Philip Moore of 21lou.

The trial included cases about the Davidson lady, flyer postings near computer labs and a tweet from the Panhellenic Council. The SGA Supreme Court decided to deduct 2.5% of the vote from the 21lou campaign.

“I’m extraordinarily humbled,” said Allen. “This feels like the type of thing that’s almost impossible to do, and I look forward to getting to know them as people and as leaders…it’s going to be fun.”

Moore expressed his congratulations to Allen after a hard-fought campaign.

“I can’t wait to see what she does for the student body,” he said. “I just want to wish her luck in everything that she does, I’m so happy for her. It’s just an honor to run against her, and I can’t wait to see what student government does next year.”

Victoria will come into office, however, with the rest of 21lou’s slate. Caitlin Durgin was elected Executive Vice President, Kaylee Brandt was elected Services Vice President, and Alex Stewart was elected Academic Vice President.

“I’m surprised and excited,” said Stewart. “We all have to work together, so I think it will be a really fun opportunity for all of us. Philip put a ton of work into this, and I know Victoria will do a great job.”

Durgin also looked forward to her term in office.

“I’m definitely happy and excited to continue on with the SGA process and really working with everyone,” she said. “Of course, it’s bittersweet because of the circumstances, but I’m happy and I think that we all can make a huge impact regardless of what the results were.”

She expressed no qualms about working with a president from a different slate.

“I love her. I think she’s an awesome woman so I’m excited,” she said.

Kaylee Brandt, who will be Service Vice President, was excited, but somewhat disappointed that Moore was unable to join the rest of his slate.

“I’m very happy that I won the election. It’s sad to me that some of the work our candidates have put in, and that some of that work has not proven,” she said. “I’m very excited that I’m elected Services Vice President, and that I’ll be serving the university next year with the people that were elected, and I’m looking forward to making the changes that need to happen with the people that are on my team.”

Overall, nearly 62 percent of the winners were from 21lou.

1,814 students voted, which is eight percent of the student body. Only 299 students voted last year.

Unofficial election results can be found here.

For all the tweets from the trial, find #SGAtrial on Twitter

 

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