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Student Body President and VP Spots to be Decided in Runoff

March 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Brooks L. Powell


(L-R) Jack Benage and Jake Torres, Candidates for Student Body President. Alex Ehmke and Austin Prentice, Candidates for Student Body Vice-President. (Illustration by Brooks Powell / The Daily Mustang)

Student body officer elections aren’t over yet. Candidates in the races for Student Body President and Student Body Vice-President face a runoff next week.

Former Senate membership committee chairman Jack Benage, a sophomore, and junior Education Senator Jake Torres will square off for the presidency, while Senate Chief of Staff Alex Ehmke and Senator Austin Prentice, both sophomores, are at odds over the VP spot.

Katie Perkins, Student Body Secretary-Elect

Katie Perkins, Student Body Secretary-Elect (Illustration by Brooks Powell / The Daily Mustang)

Sophomore Katie Perkins, the Senate organizations committee chair, handily won the race for Student Body Secretary, securing 68 percent of the vote against rival Austin Poynter, also a sophomore.

“I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve the student body,” she said. “I look forward to a great year.”

Benage said he’s pleased to have made the runoff and believes the competition between the Student Body Officer hopefuls has been good for SMU and the Student Senate.

“I’m having fun with it and hoping for the best,” he said.

Torres, the only minority candidate left in the entire Student Body Officer contest after sophomores Derek Hubbard, Matt Neman, and Mohamed Gharib were defeated, said he has backing from a variety of groups on campus.

“I have been really touched by members from so many different communities rallying behind me and offering their support,” he said.

vote totals

Courtesy of Roza Essaw, Senate membership chair.

The margins for the top two spots were close, with only 47 votes separating Benage and Torres, and 96 votes between Prentice and Ehmke.

“Getting the voters that voted for me to continue supporting me will be my major goal,” Prentice said, adding that he plans to stick to his platform through the runoff.

Ehmke, his rival, said he realizes rallying supporters for one more go-round will be a a difficult task.

“It’s just going to be tiring because I have to get everyone out to vote again, and that’s not easy,” Ehmke said in an emailed statement.

Students can vote in the runoff online at beginning at midnight Wednesday, March 31. Polls close at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 1.

Senate membership committee chair and election organizer Roza Essaw was not immediately available to discuss the turnout of this election, which may be one of the best publicized in years. Mass emails were sent daily to the entire student body reminding voters to cast their ballots.

After a grueling week of campaigning, runoff candidates are now gearing up for another round of stump speeches and glad-handing with SMU students.

“It’s going to be a tough week because I have to make up a 96 vote deficit,” Ehmke said. “I think all the candidates are completely exhausted and are truly tired of campaigning.”

To shake off the stress, Ehmke said he and his opponent Prentice plan to meet for a friendly frisbee game Friday afternoon.

Like Perkins, new student senators are off the hook for campaigning after winning their respective elections Thursday night. The full list of elected representatives is as follows:

Lyle School of Engineering Senators:
Alexa Engel
Joseph Esau
Joe Gaasbeck
Claudia Sandoval

Cox School of Business Senators:
Theodore Belden
David Coia
James Davidson
Jack Dawson
Madeline Haugh
Dillon Kruger
Austin Poynter

Meadows School of the Arts Senator:
Armando Aguirre
[Two Vacancies Remain]

Dedman I Senators:
Aden Abiye
Giacoma Cusimano
Alexa Dow
Derek Hubbard
Alex Mace
Mike Miller
Christoph Schmidt

Dedman II Senators:
Alex Ehmke*
Zaenab Farzal
Rachel Fox
Kyle Johnson
Sam Mansfield
Kellie Spano

Simmons School of Education Senator:
Laura Schur
[One Vacancy Remains]

African-American Senator:
Catherine Essig

Asian-American Senator:
Ann Dao

Hispanic-American Senator:
Alejandra Aguirre

International Senator:
Jieun Pyun

Student Center Governing Board Representative:
Joseph Esau

No candidate was elected to serve on the Student Media Board.

*If elected to serve as Student Body Vice-President, Ehmke will forfeit his senatorial seat and assume the role of vice-president. The candidate for Dedman II Senator with the next-highest number of votes will take Ehmke’s place.

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