Student Senate voting came to a close Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean it is over.
Student Body Officer elections will continue with a run-off between two presidential candidates, juniors Ivan Gonzalez and Tricia Anklan.
“I think people usually vote less for run-offs because it is just one more thing people have to do,” said elections subcommittee co-chairman Sarah Nichelson. “But I encourage people to vote for a candidate. It only takes a few seconds on MyBu.”
In order for a presidential candidate to win, they have to receive 50 percent of votes plus one. Therefore, 847 votes of the total 1,691 votes were required in order to officially win president.
Anklan and Gonzalez are currently campaigning for the run-off election which will take place Monday and Tuesday.
“I feel like I almost had it because I was close,” Gonzalez said. “I feel that I can do it because I am going to work twice as hard because I am so close and I put so much into it that I cannot give up now.”
Only minutes after the winners and run-off candidates were announced, Anklan was already discussing new campaign strategies.
“The number one goal is just to get the rest of the blue ticket elected,” she said. “We have goals, plans and would be able to work together which would make us most successful.”
Anklan isn’t discouraged that she was behind Gonzalez by about 160 votes.
“I think I still have a lot to offer and I am not discouraged,” she said. “I think it is good my entire ticket is supporting me.”
Junior Devon Schulz won vice president, claiming 719 votes. Sophomore Derek Cantu, who also ran for the position, received 560 votes.
“I don’t even know what to think, I’m excited.“ Schulz said. “Obviously I would like Tricia to win president because she was on my ticket. But I will work with anyone.”
Sophomores Jeff Baumgartner and Kyle Mathers both ran unopposed, and won the positions of treasurer and secretary respectively.
This year there were 66 more student voters than in last year’s election, which had a total of 1,625 student voters.
“I’m really excited we beat last year’s number,” said Nichelson. “I thought people would be off-put because of all that has happened this year, but I think all of the candidates did a great job campaigning.”