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Only two tickets to run for president

The candidates have been selected, and Supervisor of Elections Devin Lee said this year there will only be two tickets in the running for student body president and vice president.

Senate President Barclay Harless and running mate Garin Flowers were the first to complete their forms last week. Harless said that whether he wins or loses, he thinks it’s important to be visible on campus, meeting and speaking with students.

“Our campaign is all about uniting people and not dividing them,” Harless said. “The No.1 (goal during campaigning) is to visit student organizations. We are going to all sorts of organizations, especially non-Greek.”

Zeta Tau Alpha President Jessica Asuncion is no stranger to SG. Asuncion has experience as a senator and ran alongside Andrew Aubrey in the 2005 elections. Asuncion hopes to take on the role of student body president in 2007-08 with running mate Tony Caldwell at her side. As of midnight Sunday, Asuncion could not be reached for comment.

Student body President Frank Harrison and Vice President Faran Abbasi will not seek re-election. Harrison will graduate in May and Abbasi cited a strenuous academic year as reasoning behind their decisions.

The presidency isn’t the only position up for grabs this season – 60 senators will also be elected. As of the 5 p.m. deadline last Friday, 66 applications had been turned in, but none from the colleges of medicine, public health, nursing and architecture. Lee said that he is considering an extension for these colleges through the end of this week.

Campaigning for both the presidential tickets and the senate seats will begin on Monday Feb. 5, and students will have the opportunity to vote Feb. 27 and 28.