CU Student Government Elections: Spring 2014 breakdown

This is a complete breakdown of the CU Student Government Elections for Spring 2014. This year, there are three parties and 12 representatives running for positions in the most powerful student government in the nation. Here are the stats going into this election.

There are three parties running, each with their own presidential candidates and their own list of senators. Unite is the party that is currently in power. Inspire is the party that has tried to gain power for at least as long as I was around, which changed name a couple of times with the most recent being a party called Voice. Movement is the name of the third party that is running. Three party elections do not happen all that often, but this year provides for a unique opportunity.

  

UNITE PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

  • Affordability by decreasing tuition
  • Improving safety
  • Increasing diversity on campus
  • Support student groups and cost centers
  • Improving relationships with the Boulder Community
  • Freshman Involvement
  • Engagement and Transparency

INSPIRE PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

  • Spending student fees responsibly
  • Collaboration among the student body
  • Improving programs while being mindful of costs
  • Support for student groups
  • Enhancing the value of education
  • Centralizing communication
  • Early Involvement
  • Inclusion and Collaboration
  • Building upon existing successes
  • Working with the students and not above the students

MOVEMENT PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

  • Bringing students together
  • Collaboration among groups
  • Inclusive
  • Transparency

I could not find a full platform but this seems to be a common thread among all the students running in this ticket.

Here are the people who are running in their respective parties and I will compare their associations.

UNITE

Lora Roberts, Juedon Kebede, Chelsea Canada

Aleia Amaya

Benjamin Nguyen

Caitlin Pratt

Katherine Raitz

INSPIRE

Ashley Prince, Mitchell Fenton, William Silkman

Lindsey Buxman

Gabrielle Krupp

Jeremy Reitinger

Tyler Romero

MOVEMENT

Olivia Leyshock, Brianna Majewski, Ryan Langhorst

Chris Ayala

Sloan Friedman

Ashley Sanks

Asher Vandevort

Now, let’s make a few comaprisons.

People who are running who are currently a part of the CUSG are bolded:

UNITE

Lora Roberts, Juedon Kebede, Chelsea Canada

Aleia Amaya

Benjamin Nguyen

Caitlin Pratt

Katherine Raitz

INSPIRE

Ashley Prince, Mitchell Fenton, William Silkman

Lindsey Buxman

Gabrielle Krupp

Jeremy Reitinger

Tyler Romero

MOVEMENT

Olivia Leyshock, Brianna Majewski, Ryan Langhorst

Chris Ayala

Sloan Friedman

Ashley Sanks

Asher Vandevort

People who are running who are currently part of a sorority or fraternity (off and on campus) are bolded:

UNITE

Lora Roberts, Juedon Kebede, Chelsea Canada

Aleia Amaya

Benjamin Nguyen

Caitlin Pratt

Katherine Raitz

INSPIRE

Ashley Prince, Mitchell Fenton, William Silkman

Lindsey Buxman

Gabrielle Krupp

Jeremy Reitinger

Tyler Romero

MOVEMENT

Olivia Leyshock, Brianna Majewski, Ryan Langhorst

Chris Ayala

Sloan Friedman

Ashley Sanks

Asher Vandevort

People who are running by what school on campus they are involved in:

UNITE

Lora Roberts, Juedon Kebede, Chelsea Canada – Arts and Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Media

Aleia Amaya – Business

Benjamin Nguyen – Arts and Sciences

Caitlin Pratt – Arts and Sciences

Katherine Raitz – Arts and Sciences

INSPIRE

Ashley Prince, Mitchell Fenton, William Silkman – Arts and Sciences/Business, Arts and Sciences/Business, Arts and Sciences

Lindsey Buxman – Engineering

Gabrielle Krupp – Arts and Sciences

Jeremy Reitinger – Arts and Sciences

Tyler Romero – Arts and Sciences

MOVEMENT

Olivia Leyshock, Brianna Majewski, Ryan Langhorst – Business, Arts and Sciences, Media/Arts and Sciences

Chris Ayala – Arts and Sciences

Sloan Friedman – Arts and Sciences

Ashley Sanks – Arts and Sciences

Asher Vandevort – Arts and Sciences/Business

The recent elections have been VERY close. We will see as to what a third party would do in terms of voter turnout and outcome. There does not seem to be any unusual patterns. The majors, Greek associations, and CUSG involvement seem to be spread out, which may indicate a very close election again this year. It will fall down to matter of marketing to eek out those slim majorities. Here’s how close it was in the Fall 2013 elections:

CUSG Representative-at-Large
Candidate and Ticket
Number of Votes
Percentage of Vote
Elected?
Bornstein, VOICE
1917
9%
NO
Fenton, VOICE
2115
10%
YES
Hemphill, UNITE
2147
10%
YES
Mitoma, UNITE
2282
11%
YES
Reddy, UNITE
2198
11%
YES
Sella, UNITE
1998
10%
NO
Silkman, VOICE
1965
10%
NO
Truong, VOICE
2003
10%
NO
Wham, VOICE
1980
10%
NO
Wichman, UNITE
2056
10%
YES
Representative to ASSG
Candidate and Ticket
Number of Votes
Percentage of Vote
Elected?
Armitano, UNITE
1101
11%
YES
Clancy, VOICE
929
9%
NO
Hale, UNITE
1079
11%
YES
Kircher, VOICE
912
9%
NO
Krupp, VOICE
996
10%
NO
Navarrette, UNITE
1031
10%
YES
Sanders, VOICE
885
9%
NO
Whitehead, VOICE
876
9%
NO
Whitman, UNITE
1020
10%
YES
Williams, UNITE
1098
11%
YES

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