Spring campaigning for SG set to begin across all campuses

SG Advising Office and ERC have commenced arrangements for the upcoming general election. ORACLE PHOTO

Campaigning for the SG spring general election will commence on Feb. 13 for all branches. Positions will be opened for campus council representative, student body president, lieutenant governor, governor,  vice president and all senatorial seats.

Applications for the spring 2023 Student Government (SG) positions opened on Jan. 9 and closed on Jan. 27 at 11:59 p.m. Following the application process, the SG Advising Office commenced a rolling approval process ending Feb. 12, according to the SG website. 

Candidates may start campaigning only after receiving a direct verification from the SG Advising Office and the Elections Rules Commission (ERC), according to the SG website. Elections will be overseen by ERC and confirmed by the Supervisor of Elections Laura Shaw, Associate Supervisor Myriam Marc and Deputy Supervisors Haven Anderson and Dora Rodriguez. 

Campaign season will run from Feb. 13, to the completion of voting. Voting will begin on Feb. 27, and run through March 2, according to the SG website.

Those intending to run are required to attend private informational sessions, as mandated by SG statutes, where general campaign rules such as bribery and acceptable media will be covered, according to a 2022 Oracle article. Any student that fails to attend the required meetings will immediately be taken out of the running

All meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams, and all participants will receive links after completing the application packet. If a candidate’s schedule conflicts with the meeting times, they are advised to contact the Supervisor of Elections at least twenty four hours in advance to request an individual appointment, according to the SG website.

Information sessions for general candidates were held Jan. 25 and 27 from 12-1 p.m. Those running  for the presidential and gubernatorial tickets attended meetings on Jan. 24 from 5-6 p.m. and Jan. 27 from 2-3 p.m, according to the SG website.

In addition to completing the General Application Packet and attending the informational meetings, all candidates are expected to complete a Grievance Form and a Declaration of Intent, which will be filled out at the candidate meeting. Candidates must also read through the Title 7 Statutes and the Final Candidate Presentation for those running for Senator or Campus Council, which will be posted after the required candidate meeting.