On Monday morning, USF sidewalks were filled with chalkings which could only mean one thing: campaigning season has officially begun.
This week, students have the chance to finally get to know the Student Government (SG) candidates running to become the future leaders of a consolidated USF and start making up their minds on who they will vote for.
Four tickets are running for the position of systemwide president and vice president, of which three are from the Tampa campus and one is from the St. Pete campus.
The four tickets running are: Yusuf Fattah and Claire Mitchell, Kuchari and Hyelampa Thlala Kolo, Guy Dayhoff and Peter Radulovic and Trevor Martindale and Darnell Henderson.
While some names are new to SG, others were already known because of their current involvement.
Fattah is majoring in economics and works as SG’s chief financial officer while Mitchell is pursuing a concurrent degree in biomedical sciences and international studies and serves as a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).
Although the next ticket has no previous experience in SG, they bring a family bond to the ballot.
International students originally from Nigeria, siblings Kuchari and Hyelampa are running together. Kuchari is a junior majoring in quantitative economics and econometrics, and Hyelampa is a freshman majoring in computer sciences.
Although Dayhoff is on the ballot, Radulovic said in an interview with The Oracle on Wednesday night after the governor debate that Dayhoff will no longer run in the elections due to the terms of his National Science Foundation fellowship.
Dayhoff is a graduate student in CAS and Radulovic is an undergraduate student currently working as an SG senator.
From St. Pete, the fourth and final ticket consists of Martindale and Henderson. Even though they are from a different campus, Tampa students will be able to vote for them in this year’s election. Martindale is a sophomore majoring in political science and currently works as chief legal officer at USF St. Pete SG, while Henderson is a graphic arts junior and director of marketing and design.
The student body will vote March 2-5 at their respective polling locations across campuses, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or online.