Top Student Government Positions Go Uncontested

News – The Emory Wheel

Five top student government positions are uncontested this election cycle, with a single candidate running for Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) president, Student Government Association (SGA) vice president, College Council (CC) president, CC vice president and RHA president. The SGA president race is a run-off between SGA outsider Nilang Shah (18C) and current SGA Executive Vice President Gurbani Singh (18B). Candidates Jim Kwon (20G) and Vineet Tiruvadi (19M), both of whom have never served on GSGA, are competing head-to-head for GSGA vice president.
The campaign period for SGA, CC, RHA and BBA began March 21 at midnight, and the voting period begins March 28 at 8 p.m. and closes March 31 at 8 p.m. The GSGA campaign period began March 21 at 11:59 p.m., and voting will start March 22 at 8 a.m. and finish March 24 at 8 p.m.
This election cycle marks the first time candidates for SGA president and SGA executive vice president will campaign together on a party ticket. SGA amended the Code of Elections in 2015, allowing presidential and vice presidential candidates to share campaign materials and run on the same ticket starting in 2016. The two-year-old provision has not been utilized until this year.
Singh and Natasha Armstrong (18B) are campaigning together for SGA president and SGA executive vice president, respectively. The two have served on SGA since their freshman year.  Singh served most recently as SGA executive vice president and Armstrong as representative-at-large.
Singh hopes to establish a “bottom-up” student culture to give undergraduate divisional councils and students more autonomy, according to her platform. Armstrong’s platform emphasizes supporting voices of underrepresented students.
Singh said she and Armstrong decided to campaign together after working closely on SGA, especially this past year during the split bill when they would “bounce” ideas off each other.
“I’m confident that we work well together … she really challenges me,” Singh said. “I don’t …

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