Candidates in the student body presidential and senatorial elections will begin campaigning today at various locations on campus. With only three and a half weeks before the election, many tickets have already begun taking action to ensure a high voter turnout.
Many senators running for re-election have said they plan to make the most of campaigning this year in hopes of counteracting student apathy.
At Tuesday night’s senate meeting, senator Kyle Neal said he has campaigned in the past and plans to do so again.
“I campaigned for the 47th term,” Neal said. “I know it sounds ridiculous, but I was still trying to get as many students to vote for me as possible.”
In previous years, senate seats have been left unfilled and senators have been voted in with as little as a single vote.
Presidential candidate Barclay Harless and running mate Garin Flowers hope to make their campaign as widespread as possible.
“We’re going to be out and about through most hours of the day; we’ve got a lot of supporters,” Harless said. “We’re going to try to do as much as we can do – both visiting the organizations and speaking with students one-on-one. I think that’s what they deserve.”
Flowers agreed with Harless, and added that their best campaign tool is just to be themselves.
“We’re trying to be the best we can be and use our personalities to get ourselves out there,” Flowers said. “We don’t really have any type of marketing strategy, at least nothing no one else has done yet.”
Presidential candidate Jessica Asuncion and running mate Tony Caldwell could not be reached for comment. Asuncion has previous experience campaigning: She ran as a vice presidential candidate last year with running mate Andrew Aubery.
The two presidential tickets running in this year’s student body elections are in stark contrast to years past, when competition for student votes was often muddled by the number of candidates.