In preparation for the Student Government Association general elections, SGA will have a “Meet the Candidates” event in the Chamberlain Student Center Pit.
The event, on Wednesday, March 12 from 5-7 p.m., will introduce Rowan students to the candidates of the SGA e-board elections that will run March 12 through March 14. General elections will be open to the student body via the Rowan Self-Service banner system, where students can vote once during the three-day period.
Typical general elections include voting for the positions of president, vice president, chief financial officer and recording secretary. However, with the approval of the new constitution last semester, new candidate requirements have made certain applicants ineligible to run for office.
SGA President Surbhi Pathak said the previous year’s constitution mandated that only five months of service be required in order to be eligible for elections. The policy stated that students who were interested in running for office needed five months of service on either the SGA executive board, as academic or club senator or an executive board position of a club.
Under the new constitution, one year of service in either of those positions is required to be eligible in the election process.
“We have received many applications, and think it’s fantastic that people want to get involved with SGA,” Director of Public Relations and Special Events Max Shatz said.
Currently, three candidates are running for president while the candidate for recording secretary is running unopposed.
“It’s been a long time since there have been multiple campaigns running against each other for president,” Pathak said.
According to the SGA’s list of candidates, no candidates are currently running for the positions of vice president or chief financial officer.
“There will be a special election for vice president and CFO, pending a resolution passing in senate on [March 10],” said Shatz in an email. “Assuming this passes, the elections for CFO and vice president will be at the next senate meeting on March 31.”
In light of recent protests on campus regarding free speech and on-campus housing, Shatz emphasized the importance of the Meet the Candidates event.
“We try to have these events to show how the candidates that the students will vote for, will react to these issues that are pressing students,” Shatz said. “It is vital for the student body to know that whether it’s a big issue or something not many know about, that the candidates will represent them the way they wish to.”
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