By: Azl Saeed ~Staff Writer~
The results of the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate elections are in after voting took place online from 8 a.m. on Nov. 16 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17.
The elected senators were Amanda Boruchi, Samuel Buettner, Christopher Carroll, Mary Fanning, Luis Gomez, Sunny Guo, Chris Harding, Devi Jagadesan, James Kelin, Mckenzie Lauver, Alexander Lopez Valdivieso, Chidera Okoh, Timothy Rafter, Ellen Rakowski, Sa’mone Ray, Tori Shaper, Adriana Smith, Johnny Srsich and Rylee Walling.
These 19 elected senators represent students from all classes.
There were a total of 710 votes cast in the election, which is triple the number of votes from last year.
Talor Crawford, the chair of the Board of Elections, was satisfied with the way the whole process played out.
“We were very pleased with the number of voters,” Crawford said. “Everything went very smoothly on our end, and I think a great group of candidates were elected and are very excited about serving the Xavier community.”
In order to be eligible to run, candidates were first required to attend a Board of Elections informational meeting.
After submitting the required documents, candidates began campaigning on Nov. 13. As part of the campaigning, candidates were permitted to canvas in residence halls on campus.
James Kelin, an elected first year senator, reflected on his experience of running during this election cycle.
“It was daunting knowing that there were only four spots reserved for freshmen while upperclassmen had 16. In terms of the process for running, there were a lot of forms and documents we had to fill out and get completed. The hardest thing was probably going around and having to collect 100 signatures from Xavier students,”
Kelin said. Kelin said his desire to run for senate came from his passion to represent the voice of all firstyear students.
“My goal in running for senator is to make each students’ experience here the most fruitful and enjoyable years of their lives thus far,” Kelin said.
One more seat is open for the 2017 SGA Senate for the ZRE administration. Applications can be submitted on OrgSync by Dec. 2.