By Stephanie Schwartz
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday March 13, 2003
Ten elected senators will test out the ASUA waters this fall, but after a close election, they will first have to learn to work with each other.
Last night, Freshman Class Council member Jacob Reuben brought in the most votes in the senatorial race with 33.3 percent of the total vote. Kara Harris trailed him by only 14 votes.
The other eight senatorial positions went to Blake Buchanan, Morgan Kisler, Sara Birnbaum, Nicholas Bajema, Ben Weiss, Kartikeya Kejriwal, Matthew Harris and Soral Karim.
A lot of things on the senator level are really impossible. The real challenge is what to do when they realize this.
- Doug Hartz
student body president
Thirty votes separated the 10th elected senator Soral Karim from Nate Pluke, who came in 11th place.
Some of the elected senators said it was too soon to tell if the close race results
would influence how well they would work together.
"All of the candidates brought a lot to the table," Bajema said. "Either way, I think (the senate) will be fine. We have a solid president and a good senate."
However, current Student Body President Doug Hartz said that how the senators will work together is not necessarily the biggest issue.
"A lot of things on the senator level are really impossible," he said. "The real challenge is what to do when they realize this."
Some have already come to this realization, and have set attainable goals for next year, beginning with elections.
Birnbaum said she plans to work to increase voter turnout for next year in hopes that the election results won't depend on a minimum number of votes to pick the winners as it was in this election.
The senatorial race was met by a problem with the online voting ballot early Tuesday morning, at the start of the general elections.
A glitch in the program allowed voters to submit only one senator's name for election, rather than 10. However, Hartz said the Center for Computer Information Technologies fixed the problem immediately, and within 15 minutes the ballot was functioning properly.
Due to the malfunction, any votes cast during this time were cancelled. Still, Hartz said the election ran smoothly and was close, as he had anticipated.
With elections behind them, the new senators are anxious to get started in their positions and work with the other senators.
"I'm excited to get my programs started and try to change this school," Weiss said. "We all know we really need to work together this year."