Grievances question student campaigns

As campaigning for student body elections is well into its second week before voting begins Monday, over a dozen grievances have been filed against several candidates.

Against Andy Rodriguez and Mike Malanga’s ticket for student body president are at least four grievances, including complaints of one ticket’s staff member wearing a campaign shirt inside out in the SG office, a campaign photo barely showing a trademarked SG pin and a Facebook post referring to Rodriguez and Malanga as one senator’s “mcm,” or man crush Monday, prior to the official start of campaigning.

Many other grievances focus on Facebook posts that some feel violate SG statutes and campaign rules. One of these grievances has been filed against Sammy Hamed’s campaign for student body president.

Though no violations have been assessed to either presidential ticket by the Election Rules Committee (ERC), five minor violations have been assessed among two candidates for senator. If any candidate receives seven minor violations or one major violation, he or she will be disqualified from the election.

Currently, eight of the grievances have been filed by SG Attorney General Alexander Johnson.

Eight of the pending grievances will be discussed by the ERC today at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the SG suite on the fourth floor of the Marshall Student Center. 

“If you’re going to run, you should know the rules,” said SG Supervisor of Elections John Quiroz. “It’s my job to inform candidates, but in the end it’s there job to read (election policies and campaign rules).”