//Petitions are in, elections on the way

Petitions are in, elections on the way

Student elections scheduled for late March, early April

Erick Fredendall

With 40 signatures collected and petitions submitted, candidates for the 2014-2015 academic year have laid the foundation for the campaign to a position in SC4’s student government.
The upcoming SC4 student elections fall on Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1, in the lower level of the College Center Atrium. Election times are split into two sessions, the first falling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Students must present a valid picture ID in order to vote.
Roughly 100 students voted in last year’s student government elections, making one of the lowest vote counts in SC4 history.
“With the increase in candidates from last year and change in location, an increase of voter turnout is highly likely,” said Sean Lathrop, the current student government president.
Student Government’s executive board consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.
The official ballots are anticipated to include two candidates for president, three for vice president, and one for treasurer. There is currently one write-in candidate for the secretary position.
Running for the office of president are William Warner and Rachael Gardner. Vice presidential candidates include James Woolman, Terrence Warner, and Melissa Whitesell.
The only officer from the 2013-2014 academic year seeking re-election is Brian Heidt, currently running unopposed for the position he currently holds, the Treasurer.
As of press time, write-in candidate Tonya Snover is the only student running for secretary.
The deadline for petitions fell on March 20. Only nominees who submitted their 40 signatures prior to the date are listed on the ballot for the election.
“Students who miss the deadline can still run as write-in candidates, but their names will not appear on the ballot,” said Lathrop. “For write-in votes to count, students have to fill in the name of the write-in candidate.”
According to the SC4 Student Government Constitution, eligible candidates must be students of SC4 who have at least a 2.0 GPA and have filed intent to run with the student activity coordinator.
The Student Activity Coordinator, Sarah Finnie, can be reached at (810) 989-5639 or by email at sefinnie@sc4.edu.

Melissa Whitesell (not pictured)

Sophomore Melissa Whitesell is a Blue Water Middle College student studying for a liberal arts associate degree at SC4. She is running for the position of vice president of student government.
“I’d love helping out the college. I’d like to see different things with the Stressbreaker and with student academics, seeing more creative ways to challenge our students,” Whitesell said.
Whitesell has attended multiple club meetings to observe the proceedings, but she is not involved in any student organizations.