Undisputed candidates win ASUW elections | New
Students elected a range of candidates for top ASUW positions this week, including Mustapha Samateh for president and Kaitlyn Laibe for vice-president.
All the candidates ran unopposed under an informal ticket, Uplift UW.
Samateh, who said in a recent forum its top priorities include promoting more equitable campus policies, expanding support for transfer students and expanding U-PASS programs, which won 57.3% (1,026) of the vote. One registered candidate, Eggman7698, who gained traction on social media last week as an alternative to unopposed candidates, gathered 27.5% (492). Several variations of the Husky mascot, Dubs I too received more than 7% of the votes.
The turnout was just over half of last year, with just 1,792 votes counted, up from nearly 3,000 in the 2020 race.
Samateh is currently vice president of the student senate and will begin his term at the end of June.
Laibe, currently director of the Womxn action committee, won 67.0% (1,102) of the votes for vice chairman. Laibe said she wanted to expand support for ASUW employees and update the language of ASUW’s bylaws to “create a more inclusive environment.” Laibe will also begin his tenure alongside Samateh at the end of June.
Lukas illa, which operated on a platform that included expanding access to distance learning technology and establishing holistic admissions across all departments to address inequalities resulting from the limited capacity program, won 68.1% (1112) of the vote to be the next university business manager.
Nicole hishmeh will be ASUW’s next director of internal policy, winning 68.9% (1,124) of the vote. Hishmeh’s priorities include creating a “hired student advocate position” with Student Legal Services or UW Law School to defend students unable to afford a lawyer.
Shewit alemayehu, ASUW senator and board member of the Black Students Union, will be the director of diversity efforts next year, winning 69.7% (1,131) of the vote. Alemayehu said she wanted to develop programs to “broaden students’ perspective on diversity” and increase the requirement for diversity credits.
Ruba ayub won 69.3% (1,114) of the vote for the director of programming. Ayub operated on a platform focused on increasing the “representation of marginalized communities by addressing organizational inequalities and accessibility gaps” and facilitating an easy and safe transition to learning on the job. campus.
Geeta Iyer will become the new director of community relations, focusing on intensifying collaboration within the Greek community and increasing accessibility to off-campus housing. She obtained 69% (1,124) of the vote.
Michael saunders, who recently said he hopes to reduce the university’s reliance on the UW Police Department (UWPD) by developing mental health responders and support, will be the next director of partnerships on campuses. Saunders took 69.2% (1,117) of the total. Saunders is also a co-sponsor of a recent Senate measure calling on the UWPD and the UW to sever all ties with the Seattle Police Department.
No candidate has won more than 70% of the vote, although all are running without declared challengers. With the exception of the President and Vice-President, all newly elected Board members will take office in the fall.
Annie Denton, associate news editor, contributed to this report.
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