SGA President Revealed

By Bailey Richardson
On March 13, 2014

Weeks of door-to-door campaigning, tabling, flooding social media and working around weather woes have finally come to an end for the 2014 Student Government Association president and senator nominees.

The next school year’s student government will be led by newly elected President Logan Mustain and his Vice President, Brooks Jones.

The results of the elections were announced Tuesday night in the Student Union after student’s votes were tallied from two days of open online polls.

The presidential race was locked between challenger Logan Mustain and previous SGA President D’Andre Anderson. Their running mates for vice president were Brooks Jones and Wes Watts, respectively.

The final results of the election put Mustain and Jones in the lead by 182 votes. Mustain and Jones earned 55.78 percent of the campus vote, earning total of 883 votes. Anderson and Watts took 701 ballots, which left them at 44.28 percent of the total vote. Overall, fewer than 2,000 students voted in the election, less than 15 percent of the student body.

Voting was originally scheduled to take place last week. However, it was postponed with the cancelling of school due to the inclement weather.

“It’s our typical policy that anytime the university is closed we postpone leadership center events as well,” said Martha Spack, head advisor for SGA. “We wanted to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to vote and had access to all the information about the elections.”

Mustain said he was surprised by the result in his favor.

“Running against an incumbent, it was going to be tough,” he said.

After the announcement, the excitement in the room was felt by all, especially the new president.

“I can’t really explain how I feel,” Mustain said. “I’m thankful for everybody who’s given me this opportunity to serve.”

Anderson, who will retire his presidency at the end of this year, said he is excited for the new elects.

“Brooks Jones and Logan Mustain are two great guys,” he said. “They have my support 100 percent.”

The election announcement ceremony also included the announcement of next year’s senators.

Sophomore Senators include Hayley Biggers, Brandon Caple, Alexandra Ellington and Merideth Smith.

New Junior Senators are Ellen Hakenwerth, Kaily Nix, Morgan Steele, and Erin Wadley.

Next year’s Senior Senators will be Hallie Frederick, Kyle Outlaw, Mallory Perry and Emily Peters.

The Honors College Senator will be Savannah Lancaster.

The following Senators ran unopposed:
College of Business: Michelle Allen
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences: Kristen Miller
College of Engineering: Fallon Mauldin
College of Fine Arts: Monica Norman
College of Humanities and Social Science: Nathan Lee
College of Math and Science: Alex Dozier
College of Media and Communication: Angelica Munoz
College of Nursing and Health Professions: Alexandria Davis
International Senator: Rony Vaca
As for next year’s plans, Mustain said the first step is to put the students first. He plans to get to work, and start serving ASU the best he can.

Mustain said both him and Jones are very optimistic about the opportunities presented by serving in SGA leadership positions.

“I ran for president with one thing in mind, and that is transformation,” he said. “During my time as a senator, I heard a great deal of good ideas circulating throughout the student body. However, there was never any real leadership to make these ideas become realities.”

He went on to say that applications for staff positions will be released soon. Those who are chosen for staff positions will share the characteristic of transformation.

“I want to transform the every-day student’s good ideas into realities,” Mustain explained. He plans to do this by utilizing social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Among his previously presented platforms, Mustain and Brooks hope to unify the student body, connect with alumni, and work to put on a leadership conference with members of other schools in the Sun-Belt Conference.

“I’m really excited and thankful to be where I am,” said Mustain. “It’s great to be at ASU.”

New officers and senators will be sworn in at the April 1 meeting at 5:30 p.m. on the 8th floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library.

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