Elections for the University of Georgia Student Government Association are fast approaching -- voting will take place from March 26 - 28.
Although much attention is given to voting on the executive tickets, which will determine the president, vice president and treasurer positions for the coming year, students will also have the opportunity to vote for the future SGA senator positions.
Senators are expected to represent the needs and interests of their constituency and hold the legislative power of SGA.
The Senate is broken down into three sections: senators of schools and colleges, at-large senators and campus life senators. Each senator has one vote.
Senators of schools and colleges represent the college within UGA that they are enrolled in. Seats are given to colleges proportionally based on population.
At-large senators represent the entire student body. There is one at-large senate seat for every 4,000 students. There are four campus life senators: two for access and opportunity, one for health and humanities, and one for community involvement.
The Senate drafts, sponsors and votes on legislation. It also approves several appointed positions. Senators are involved in any constitutional amendments or impeachment proceedings. The Senate has the power to override a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority.
The Senate passed several resolutions during the 2017-2018 school year. The first resolution passed, 30-01, asks the Education Affairs Committee of the University Council to prioritize a week-long Thanksgiving break over a delayed semester start date.
Another resolution, sponsored by a number of freshman senators, plans to establish a “Spring Welcome” to take place in spring of 2019, a mirror of the Fall Freshman Welcome, but for spring first-year and transfer students.
Other resolutions were more symbolic. Resolution 30-08, authored by all three members of the executive branch, thanks football players and coaches for “the greatest football season in recent history.” Resolution 30-12 thanks the UGA Police Department and facility workers for repairing lighting on campus.
In Resolution 30-14, the Senate acknowledged the university’s legacy of slavery. The resolution also called for the erection of a memorial for the enslaved people employed by UGA in the past, as well as a marker at Baldwin Hall to commemorate the remains of slaves that were recently discovered during an expansion of the building.
More recently, the Senate passed a resolution requesting that UGA issue a statement promising high school students that their admissions status would not be affected by participating in protests and walkouts in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
Here is a list of the candidates for this year’s election:
Schools and Colleges candidates
College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
College of Environment & Design
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Pharmacy
College of Family & Consumer Sciences
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Vinu Eranezhath (I)
Max Sumner (I)
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Odum School of Ecology
School of Public & International Affairs
Joan Brunel - “Action” Party
Jimmy Riemer - “Action” Party
Connor Rahbany - “Action” Party
Andrew Stephens - “Action” Party
Charley Claudio - “Dawg” Party
William Campbell - “Action” Party
George Alexander - “Dawg” Party
Campus Life Candidates
Access and Opportunity
Jessica Douglas (At-Large Incumbent)