Student Leadership Council held elections for Operations, Outreach and Vice President positions last Tuesday Jan. 29.
The election started at 4 p.m. with all six candidates introducing themselves to the five voters who were present in the room.
Andrew Beristany, Aisha Kassimo, Tabyna Khan, Miguel Marino, Gretchen Dormer and Sam Ortega were present to run for the open positions.
Each of the candidates could choose whether or not to run for each position before the campaigning started.
Four out of the six candidates ran for Vice President including Ortega, SLC’s former Outreach Coordinator .
Beristany was the first to campaign and started off the competition, saying that he likes change and would like to solve any problems with SLC and prevent problems from occurring.
“I will ensure Bipartisanship,” Beristany said.
The next candidate to make a speech was Khan who has had experience being involved in an organization where she had to take charge.
“I love being able to put myself in other people’s shoes,” Khan said.
Followed by Khan was Marino, a member of the Latino Ethnic Awareness Association and said that he would like to invite more people to join SLC.
The last candidate was Sam Ortega and he said that he knew what SLC needed to succeed and he has had experience already in the council.
Voting began as SLC finance chair Albert Knopf passed out note cards with the position title at the top and a blank line so voters could write down whom they wanted to win.
Several seconds later, the SLC president Hank Gordon announced Sam Ortega as the new Vice President.
The next position on the line was the Outreach Coordinator, as Beristany, Marino, Kassimo, and Dormer raised their hands, confirming their candidacy.
All candidates spoke about applying the need for social networking within the organization to increase student involvement.
The candidates had the same subject but Dormer was the one who put the most passion into her speech.
According to Dormer, the key to getting student involvement is to implement an improved media marketing strategy.
Dormer said she would like to make templates for successions and once the voter cards went out, Gordon announced Dormer as the winner.
The last position available to the candidates was Operations Coordinator and all remaining candidates stepped in.
Each spoke about the continuing subject of social media and two contestants stood out the most.
Kassimo and Khan both had high expectations for their spot in SLC and Kassimo highlighted her job as a social networking implementer but Khan held through to win with more votes.
The new SLC leaders are excited to start and will begin right away according to Dormer.
The SLC office is located on the second floor of the SSC and they continue to hold meetings every Tuesday in SSC 3245.