Student government releases election results
The university’s student government election for next semester concluded with all seven of the open seats being filled. The total voter turnout has more than tripled since the Fall 2015 election, which had a 4.6 percent turnout.
A total of 16.7 percent of the eligible voters on campus voted. Voter turnout has risen over the past few year, with the vote for president and vice president of the 2017 Spring semester having a 16.4 percent turnout, after the Fall 2016 election saw a 7.4 percent turnout.
This year’s election, eight people ran for the seven open seats on the senate. Gabriel Madore was the only senator running who was not elected, earning 264 votes out of 762 ballots cast.
Receiving the most votes was Audrey Kirby, with a total of 351 votes. A biology major, she focused on dining services and diversity while running for election.
“I plan to work with Chartwells and Dining Services to make it more affordable and better quality for students. Throughout my term I will be an active member of the Senate, I will the address the problems that students face,” Kirby said. “I appreciate our diverse student body and I hope to represent students of all backgrounds.”
Brooke Bolduc, a biology major running for re-election, got the second most votes with 349, pushing for equality and diversity on campus.
“Today is transgender remembrance day, I’m definitely thinking about some of my friends that I’ve lost over time as you may be thinking of some of yours.”, Bolduc said. “Overall I just want to make this campus more diverse and just more diverse in its function I want the community to overall stop seeing people as numbers or whatever it is we’re seeing people as, everyone is a human being at the end of the day. I wish life was rainbows and butterflies, but it’s not, and it’s really unfortunate that it can’t be that way.”
Hannah James, who is currently pursuing a double degree in music performance and physics, came in third with 345 votes.
“I’m from Washington, D.C. I’m not from around here, and I’m interested in learning why every student here came to UAF and what they want to get out of this, because what you put into it is what you get out of it. I’m also really passionate about making a change,” Smith said.
“I’m interested in representing the current students of UAF and all students that come after us, the future ones,” she continued. “How can we make campus a better place, how can we improve the quality of life here, and that’s something I’m really interested in.”
In addition, Hannah Smith, Diana Ramstad, Samuel Mitchell, and Samuel Nicholes all received a majority of votes, and were elected to seats on next semester’s senate.