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ASUA extends deadline for candidate applications

By Vanessa Francis
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
February 2, 2000
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In an attempt to recruit more candidates for the 2000 ASUA primary election, Associated Students officials have extended the petitioning period and advertised the upcoming election across the university.

Election Commissioner Gloria Montano publicized the upcoming elections on the Presidents' Listserv, an e-mail listserv delivered to every club president, but without substantial results.

"Not that many showed interest," Montano said.

Candidates for two of the 13 positions in last year's election ran unopposed, prompting more advertisement for this year's election.

Replies came from Omega Delta Phi fraternity, the Business and Public Administration Student Association, the Filipino American Student Association and the Asian American Cultural Association.

"This year, Gloria automatically extended the deadline by two days," said Ben Graff, ASUA executive vice president.

Graff said the period has been extended from one to one and a half weeks. Applications are due Feb. 9.

"This year, besides giving Monday to Monday to have them signed, the candidates have Monday through (the next) Wednesday," he said.

ASUA President Cisco Aguilar said he advertised among diverse campus groups as well.

"We sent out many memos to various university departments ... (Even) to some I don't think we've ever hit before," he said.

By advertising within the Department of Multicultural Programs and Services, Aguilar hopes to "have more diversity within the executive offices."

ASUA is also stressing that any undergraduate student in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 grade point average can run for any office.

Last year's election commissioner, Anthony Hill, extended the deadline for the petitioning period, the duration required for candidates to gather students' signatures prior to the primary election, after a meager showing.

Candidates for this year's election are collecting signatures for the primary elections, which are to be held on Feb. 29. General elections will be held on March 8 and 9.

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