A special student election for the empty Executive Board position are to be held on Oct. 4. The special election was called by Student Senate President Charles Karter after a low candidate turn out last year left four empty Executive Board positions.
Oct. 4 is the day City College News goes to print, so the election results are not known at the time of publishing.
Students were able to declare their candidacy until Sept. 19. A total of four students turned in candidacy applications and met requirements, including Dallas Rising, a holdover from last year’s Student Senate.
Originally, Rising was appointed to the Student Vice President position by Karter – who was elected in an uncontested election last year – before Karter made the decision to call for the special election this fall. Rising is currently serving as the interim Student VP.
Challenging Rising – in the only contested election this year – is Jazer Mauricio Chacon, who wrote in his letter of intent that he is “…pursuing an Associates degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on political science”. Mauricio also stated that he hopes to “…inspire young people at MCTC, bring unity and create an impact in Minneapolis.”
Rising contends that she understands what the VP position entails as she served as VP for half a semester last year and is currently serving as the interim VP. Rising wrote in her letter of intent that she “…works well with the current president,” and that she’s involved in “several campus communities.”
The other two students to declare candidacy during the allowed time frame are Abraham Rizvi and Myranda Huerta. Rizvi is running uncontested for the Student Director of Health and Sustainability position and Huerta is running uncontested for the Student Director of Communications and Public Relations position.
According to Rizvi’s letter of intent, he plans on having more recycling bins, reducing waste and cleaning up the campus. Rizvi also said he was the Director for the Senate District 40 Democratic Farmer-Labor Party.
Huerta is in her second semester at MCTC and hopes to raise the Student Senate’s profile by updating social media accounts and creating videos for students to watch.
Due to Rizvi and Huerta running uncontested, they will either be confirmed by the student senate general assembly or the general assembly may decide to leave the positions vacant on Oct. 5.
Robel Tedros resigned from the Student Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs position on Sept. 21. According to Karter, the position is open to student applicants and those applicants will be interviewed by the Student Executive Board. So far, only one student has applied for the newly opened position, said Karter.