Student primary elections begin today, but only the offices of president and administrative vice president are contested.
Freshman Class Council Director J.P. Benedict, Administrative Vice President Jered Mansell and Senator Travis Pritchett are all on the ticket for president. Two will survive and move onto the general election next week.
The student body president acts as chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief spokesperson for the students.
"The most important role of the student body president is advocating for students and relaying to state, administration and faculty," Benedict said.
Mansell also acknowledged the president's role as a mouthpiece for the student body, recognizing the president as "a representative to the students."