Victories unclear in SGA elections

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Student government election results were announced today, though students will not know any of the executive board members until after an appeal is settled with the SGA Supreme Court and runoffs conclude.

For the presidential seat, Senator Phill Lund tallied the most votes with 577 (28.52 percent) with candidate Juwan Greene falling second with 550 votes (27.19 percent). Chief of Staff Robert Ferguson received 484 votes (23.92 percent) and External Affairs Chief Tyler Livezey got 299 votes (14.78 percent).

Since none of the candidates received the required 50 percent or greater amount of votes, a runoff election will determine the true winner. But only after an appeal is settled with the SGA Supreme Court.

Greene’s ticket, the “New Deal” ticket, was ousted from the elections after the election commission found the campaign guilty of campaigning after the deadline has passed. Campaign manager and SGA Senator Troy Ross filed an appeal Wednesday to the ruling and seeks to have it overturned.

There are two scenarios that could yield the final results of the presidential election:

  1. If the Supreme Court rules in Ross’s favor and the “New Deal” ticket is reinstated, the runoff for president will be between Lund and Greene.
  2. If the Supreme Court denies Ross’s appeal, that would change the way the election commission calculates the votes cast. Without Greene’s votes, Lund would have 42 percent of the remaining votes, and Ferguson would have 36 percent. The runoff will be between those two.

The four other executive board positions would see similar scenarios.

For vice president, University Affairs Chief Jacqueline Bolden received 921 votes (45.5 percent). Candidate Wylie Manson received 581 (28.71 percent), and Senator Tempest Brooks got 323 votes (15.96 percent).

  1. If the Supreme Court rules in Ross’s favor and the “New Deal” ticket is reinstated, there will be a runoff between Bolden and Manson.
  2. If the Supreme Court denies Ross’s appeal, Manson’s votes would become moot and Bolden would win the position with 74 percent of the vote.

For secretary, Cara Goetz received 974 votes (48.15 percent), Melinda Perez received 487 votes (24.07 percent) and Samantha Barahona got 367 votes (18.14 percent).

  1. If the Supreme Court rules in Ross’s favor and the “New Deal” ticket is reinstated, there would be a runoff between Goetz and Perez.
  2. If the Supreme Court denies Ross’s appeal, Barahona would be ousted and Goetz would win with 66.67 percent of the vote.

The treasurer position would be unaffected by the Supreme Court’s decision. Senator Gregory Curatola received 535 votes (26.42 percent), Senator Drew Carson received 522 votes (25.78 percent), Eddie Nuno got 460 votes (22.72 percent) and Nicole Seagren got 334 votes (16.49 percent.

Curatola and Carson will be in a runoff against each other regardless of the impending “New Deal” reinstatement.

With the chief of staff position, Lesly Garcia received 713 votes (35.23 percent), Brianna Carter received 634 votes (31.32 percent) and Daniel Hough got 506 votes (25 percent).

  1. If the Supreme Court rules in Ross’s favor and the “New Deal” ticket is reinstated, there would be a runoff between Carter and Garcia.
  2. If the Supreme Court denies Ross’s appeal, Garcia would win with 58.5 percent of the vote.

As for next year’s homecoming theme, #ThrowbackBearkat won with 765 votes (40.05 percent).

Follow The Houstonian as more details unfold. The Supreme Court will meet Friday.