Elections end in victory for Bukingolts

Following two weeks of campaigning and runoff elections for all positions, Student Body Officer Elections concluded Tuesday.

In the runoff election for Student Body President, junior Alan Bukingolts received 736 votes, won the election against senior Ivan Gonzalez and his 642 votes.

A total of 1482 students voted in the election runoffs on Monday and Tuesday, about 200 votes less than the preliminary election last week.

“I thought we would have around two thousand votes,” said Election Sub-Committee Chair junior Ethan Zentz. “I felt that we did what we could do but I think the candidates could have done more.”

This was Gonzalez’s second campaign for Student Body President, after he lost to senior Tricia Anklan by 94 votes last spring.

“I feel that hard work pays off when you establish connections and relationships and when you’re able to maintain and utilize those relationships, you can win a successful campaign,” said Bukingolts.

With 667 votes junior Bailey Miller won the runoff for vice president against junior Clint Boone, who received 601 votes.

“My goal for next year is to fix Student Senate communication,” Miller said. “A lot of people don’t understand what we do… my goals are more operational.”

Boone said although he did not win, he had fun.

“I’m glad a lot of people voted,” he said. “I would have preferred to have won but Bailey Miller is going to do a great job. Either way it’s going to be a good year. I have no hard feelings.”

Freshman Dashawn Cason won the position of secretary, receiving 694 votes against secretary candidate Andrew Puhr who received 619 votes.

“I’m nervous,” Cason said. “We just made ‘x’ amount of promises to the student body at large and [will have to meet] expectations. Hopefully we will succeed them.”

In the run-off election for treasurer, freshman Rose Wurster won with 660 votes over sophomore Sammy Naman who received 439 votes.

Of the new slate for Student Body Officers, Bukingolts, Cason and Wurster were members of the red ticket.

“Bradley loves the color red and they showed it,” said Bukingolts. “[The red ticket] all have personalities that work together and we were able to bounce ideas off each other and get feedback from the student body. That’s who we’re here to serve.”