11 bid for SMC frosh elections
Competition for Saint Mary's freshman class elections will be tougher than usual due to an unusually large pool.
Eleven tickets are running for the president and vice president of the Class of 2003. Another 18 women contend for the 13 class board positions.
The freshmen have more candidates running than any class in recent history, according to Chrissie Renner, elections commissioner.
Prior to the campaign launch, one-fourth of the freshmen class showed interest in holding an office in the student government. More than 100 students attended the two mandatory informational meetings held to explain the roles of student government officials.
Renner said she is excited that so many freshmen are interested in getting involved regardless of their experience in high school student government.
"Everyone is starting off on a clean slate," Renner said.
In addition to coming up with promising platforms, the freshmen candidates must be creative.
According to Renner, each candidate was only allowed to spend $25 on campaigning supplies such as posters and candy. Renner said that the candidates have been very resourceful.
There will be a canopy set up in front of the dining hall for the Wednesday elections. Voting will take place between 7 a.m. - 9 a.m., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5p.m. - 7 p.m. Freshmen will vote for one president and vice president and will be asked to choose 13 or fewer of the candidates for the class board.
In order for a ticket to win, it must take 50 percent of class votes plus one individual vote.
"The chance of a run-off is almost definite because there are so many candidates," Renner said.
The run-off will take place Monday; voting times will remain the same.
All News Stories for Wednesday, September 15, 1999