By Stephanie Schwartz
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday February 19, 2003
Spring is almost here. Soon, flowers will be springing up all over campus, and so will ASUA campaign posters.
Primary elections for positions on the Associated Students of the University of Arizona are March 3 and 4, and candidates are publicizing all they can to get votes. There are 13 ASUA positions up for grabs, but 28 people are running to fill them.
"I'm really pleased with the turnout," said ASUA President Doug Hartz. "Last year we only had two candidates run for executive positions."
Last year's primary elections did not eliminate any candidates because less than two ran for each executive position and less than 20 ran for senate positions. This year, during the primary election, one candidate will be removed from the presidential race and one candidate from the administrative vice presidential race.
"I don't think turnout matters in elections," said Jennifer Reece, ASUA executive vice president. "I think the quality of people running is what matters."
"I think this will be a really good race," Reece said.
Currently in office: Doug Hartz
Candidates: J.P. Benedict, Jared Mansell and Travis Pritchett
The ASUA president serves as one of three Arizona Students' Association directors. She or he is involved in all legislative operations and oversees ASUA.
She or he is also responsible for creating committees, programs, projects and various task forces, and ensuring that all Associated Students funds and monies are used properly.
ADMINISTRATIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Currently in office: Jared Mansell
Candidates: Talianna Kattan, Victoria Ruan and Daniel Suh
The administrative vice president helps the directors establish the budget and plan events. The position requires overseeing all ASUA programs and services, and placement on various ASUA and UA committees.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Currently in office: Jennifer Reece
Candidates: Scott Cheney and Melanie Rainer
The ASUA executive vice president is responsible for the progress and well-being of more than 350 clubs and organizations on campus.
"The executive vice president acts as a liaison for clubs," Reece said. "The person will act as the voice for clubs and help secure funding."
This position has more direct contact with UA students and organizations than any other part of ASUA.
Currently in office: A. Bronnenkant, S. Cheney, W. Harris, A. Hottovy, S. Nelson, T. Pritchett, J. Poreda, V. Ruan, D. Suh and P. Wand.
Candidates (10 will be elected): Julie Augenstein, Nicholas Bajema, Sara Birnbaum, Patrick Brennan, Blake Buchanan, Preet Ghuman, Kara Harris, Mathew Harris, William Haun, James Hoult, Vern Johnson, Soral Karim, Kartikeya Kejriwal, Morgan Kisler, Drew McInerney, Nate Pluke, Kristian Ramos, Jacob Reuben, Ben Weiss and Robert Woodson
ASUA senators represent all UA undergraduates. They determine personal goals for their term and work alone or with other senators and campus organizations to achieve them. They also serve on special committees.
HOW AND WHEN TO VOTE
The primary elections are March 3 and 4. General elections are scheduled for March 11 and 12.
To vote, go to: http://asua.arizona.edu