After the votes were tallied and the polls closed, three new faces and a familiar one became next year’s SC4 Student Government officers.
The student body elected Douglas Johnson of Yale to be the next president with a margin of 35 votes, according to an unofficial tally. Vice president John Brewer won by about 100 votes, while secretary Alysia Burge won with a narrow margin of five votes. Treasurer Matthew Boyd ran unopposed.
“A lot of people’s voices got heard,” said Treasurer-elect Matthew Boyd.
Johnson currently acts as “Assistant Regional Manager” for the Zombie Defense Council, which Burge is also an active member of. Boyd is president of the Global Awareness Club and an active member of the Criminal Justice Club and the Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Brewer is the current treasurer of the SC4 Student Government.
“I just figured maybe I should give [running for office] a try,” said Johnson. “My friends had supported me. Most of the ZDC members and a lot of people out of the club wanted me to do it after I just offhandedly suggested it.”
Burge said of her campaign, “Doug was going to run for president, and Clay [Kimball] was going to run for treasurer. I thought it’d be really exciting to be a part of that.”
Vice President-elect Brewer said he “learned a lot about student clubs on campus” during his term as treasurer.
Boyd said he “saw an opportunity with student government to help out a little more.”
Johnson described the moments leading up to the final vote count as “essentially waiting for a bomb to go off.”
“Posters started to go missing, but we just kept at it. It was almost like for every poster that was torn down, three took its place,” said Johnson.
Boyd found the campaign “a little rocky,” while Brewer said he found it to be “fun and competitive.”
Brewer said he and opponent Sean Lathrop are good friends and remained so during the election. Brewer is the Student Government mentor for the Gay-Straight Alliance, of which Lathrop is president.
According to Burge, the hardest part of the election process was getting people at the polls. “A lot of people aren’t really interested in voting, so we had to find the people who wanted to go vote,” said Burge.
Boyd said “I’m excited. I envision helping out and doing a lot of things for the campus.”