The Weber State University Student Association announced the election results for the executive and legislative officers for the 2020-2021 school year on Feb. 28 during the annual Weber’s Got Talent.
However, not all senators were announced at Weber’s Got Talent: the American Indian Senator and the Asian Senator were not announced. These seats had candidates; however, the Asian Senator seat remains vacant after the election results were posted online.
Both the African American Senator and the Veteran’s Senator, which had candidates running for them, were left off the list during the first announcement of the senators.
The results for the executive branch were announced in between the different acts at Weber’s Got Talent.
The Student Body President for the next school year will be Benjamin Ferney. He stated during his address to the student body and in his platform that he plans to create an environment where students feel empowered. Ferney also thanked those who had helped him throughout the year and those who helped him get to where he is today.
Ferney ran against Maria Fregoso and Hyrum Packard and won with 1030 votes against Packard’s 672 and Fregoso’s 476.
The Legislative Vice President will be Hannah Olsen. She stated in her platform that she would work closely with the vice presidents and senators to ensure students are represented as changes come to WSU.
Hannah Olsen ran against Brody Bailey, Nathan Hole and Julio Otay. Olsen had 965 votes to Bailey’s 347, Hole’s 292 and Otay’s 429.
The Activities Vice President will be Madilyn Gomm. Gomm plans to maximize student participation in the activities that WSUSA plans. Gomm ran for her seat uncontested and received 1942 votes.
The Diversity and Unity Vice President will be Miguel A. Gonzalez Quintanilla. He plans to help students find happiness through fellowship with others.
Quintanilla ran against Shyanne Smith and Heidi Weiler. Quintanilla took 1042 votes to Smith’s 473 votes and Weiler’s 441.
Rylie Howard will be the Service Vice President. Her platform said she plans to make sure the service serves both the community and the students performing the service.
Howard ran against Ali Horsfall and received 1153 votes to Horsfall’s 775 votes.
The Clubs and Organization Vice President will be Whitney Olsen. She plans to provide opportunities for students to find their place and unite campus.
Olsen ran against Matthew Brown, Darrell Godfrey and Kelci M. Maples. Olsen received 848 votes, Brown received 409 votes, Maples received 435 votes and Godfrey received 303 votes.
The Leadership Vice President will be Raven Uribe. She wants to create more diverse events that are accessible to the student body to support the growth of leaders.
Uribe ran against Kamryn Eden and Dallin Welch. Uribe received 772 votes, Eden received 634 votes and Welch received 539 votes.
Katie Nicholson will be the Davis Campus Vice President. Nicholson plans to focus on inclusion and to help students become a better version of themselves. Nicholson ran uncontested and received 1885 votes.
During intermission at Weber’s Got Talent, the legislative seats were announced. Many seats had no candidates running for them and have been left vacant. These are the Asian Student Senator, the Athletics Senator, the College of Education Senator, the College of Health Professions Senator, the Graduate Student Senator, the Pacific Islander Senator and the Residence Halls Senator.
Two seats with no formal candidates had write-in votes: The Students with Disabilities Senator and the Traditional Student Senator.
The Students with Disabilities Senator will be Mykala Spangler, who received 2 votes. The Traditional Student Senator will be Jared Seffker, who received 766 votes.
The next African American Senator will be Anna Robbins. She stated in her platform that she wants to provide students assistance with their future goals. She ran uncontested and received 58 votes.
Amanda Jones will be the American Indian Senator and plans to help preserve Indigenous cultures and to leave a positive impact on WSU. She ran uncontested and received 50 votes.
The College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology Senator will be Paige Dawson. She wants students to find the opportunities available for them and to get involved. She ran against Jared Calvillo and Diego Higueros who were both disqualified. Dawson received 117 votes.
The College of Arts and Humanities Senator will be Addison Weeks, who plans to help students get excited about their classes. He ran uncontested and had 343 votes.
Andres Perelta will be the College of Business and Economics Senator, who ran uncontested and received 249 votes.
The College of Science Senator will be Maren Dawson. She plans to take action by having students stand up for what they believe and used the slogan “We Stand United” or WSU. She ran uncontested and received 194 votes.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Senator will be Thaddeus Bean. He plans to be available and transparent to the students who he represents. He ran against Donovan Bird. Bean received 172 votes while Bird received 141 votes.
The Davis Campus Senator will be Kelli Denos. Denos would like to increase the involvement of students at the Davis Campus. She ran uncontested and received 257 votes.
William Angel will be the next Hispanic Senator and stated in his platform is that a phrase that resonates with him is “Pa’Lante,” meaning “keep moving forward.”
He ran against Denisse Borja. Angel received 131 votes and Borja received 126.
The Honors/BIS Senator will be Quincy Bowcut. Bowcut plans to make more resources available for students. She ran uncontested and received 226 votes.
Baijun Chen, who also goes by Jimmy Town, will be the International Students Senator. He plans to promote multiculturalism at WSU and represent the needs of international students.
He ran against Brian Albert Silva Fernandez. Chen won 27-21.
The Non-Traditional Senator will be Celina Patino. She would like to provide positive experiences and create balance.
She ran against Connor Hamblin. Patino received 454 votes and Hamblin received 368 votes.
The Veterans Senator will be Travis Parsons who would like to help keep the student body informed and help students.
Parsons ran against Joshua Lepus and won 8-6.