Orr, Driggs advance to general elections

By Christie S. Peterson

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Undaunted by rain which closed polls for half a day on Tuesday, almost 500 more students voted in this week's Associated Students primary elections than in last year's generals to eliminate just one presidential candidate.

With 20.5 percent of the 1,785 votes cast for presidential candidates, Brad Milligan was eliminated Wednesday night from the upcoming general elections. He declined to comment following the announcement.

Of the remaining two candidates, Ethan Orr received the most votes, with 39.9 percent, followed by Ben Driggs, who received 29.8 percent of the votes.

Following the announcement, Orr said he was "very excited," but realized that these were only the primary elections.

"It's going to be a long week," he said. "This week and this election promises to be twice as tough."

Driggs did not appear for the election announcements and was unavailable for comment.

All of the vice presidential and senatorial candidates advanced to the general elections.

Thus, the candidates for vice president for Programs and Services remain Andrea Major and David Weitzenfeld and those for Clubs and Organizations are Andy Steinberg and Rhett Trujillo.

Major received 48 percent of the vote to Weitzenfeld's 29.9 percent. Steinberg received 44.7 percent to Trujillo's 30.6 percent.

All 12 of the senatorial candidates Mindy McCollum, Jonathan Bierner, Gahl Leddel, Andrew Higgins, Sergio Jasso, Gilbert Davidson, Mike Lavin, Kyle Dorsey, Jay Won Bartlett, Enrique Davis, Charlie Hong, and Mark Willner, in decreasing order of votes received advanced to the general elections.

The Elections Commission, in a press release, attributed the turnout to "more advertising, more contested races, and more student interest in student government at the UA."

Elections Commissioner Mike Harter said he was "proud as hell of my staff," and that the candidates had all acted "very fair."

Campaigning for the remaining candidates will continue with a "Day on the Mall with the Candidates" at noon today on the UA mall and a Presidential Debate at 7 p.m. tonight, in the Senior Ballroom.

The elections will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

By Christie S. Peterson

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Undaunted by rain which closed polls for half a day on Tuesday, almost 500 more students voted in this week's Associated Students primary elections than in last year's generals to eliminate just one presidential candidate.

With 20.5 percent of the 1,785 votes cast for presidential candidates, Brad Milligan was eliminated Wednesday night from the upcoming general elections. He declined to comment following the announcement.

Of the remaining two candidates, Ethan Orr received the most votes, with 39.9 percent, followed by Ben Driggs, who received 29.8 percent of the votes.

Following the announcement, Orr said he was "very excited," but realized that these were only the primary elections.

"It's going to be a long week," he said. "This week and this election promises to be twice as tough."

Driggs did not appear for the election announcements and was unavailable for comment.

All of the vice presidential and senatorial candidates advanced to the general elections.

Thus, the candidates for vice president for Programs and Services remain Andrea Major and David Weitzenfeld and those for Clubs and Organizations are Andy Steinberg and Rhett Trujillo.

Major received 48 percent of the vote to Weitzenfeld's 29.9 percent. Steinberg received 44.7 percent to Trujillo's 30.6 percent.

All 12 of the senatorial candidates Mindy McCollum, Jonathan Bierner, Gahl Leddel, Andrew Higgins, Sergio Jasso, Gilbert Davidson, Mike Lavin, Kyle Dorsey, Jay Won Bartlett, Enrique Davis, Charlie Hong, and Mark Willner, in decreasing order of votes received advanced to the general elections.

The Elections Commission, in a press release, attributed the turnout to "more advertising, more contested races, and more student interest in student government at the UA."

Elections Commissioner Mike Harter said he was "proud as hell of my staff," and that the candidates had all acted "very fair."

Campaigning for the remaining candidates will continue with a "Day on the Mall with the Candidates" at noon today on the UA mall and a Presidential Debate at 7 p.m. tonight, in the Senior Ballroom.

The elections will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Read Next Article