Connor Best will run uncontested in the Students’ Association presidential race.
Best, junior political science major from Sacramento, Calif. and chief development officer and parliamentarian for SA, said even though he doesn’t have an opponent in the election, he would still campaign and inform students of his goals for next year.
“To be honest, I kind of wish there had been another person running, because it would help with discussion of SA and effectiveness of it,” Best said. “But I am excited about four people running for vice president and the discussion it will bring.”
Best said multiple people running for the vice president spot, would increase the amount of ideas presented and create better advocacy for the student body.
Candidates for vice president include: Katherine Handy, sophomore English major from Plano; Julianne Hart, junior political science major from Austin; Rebecca Dial, junior political science major from Lexington, S.C.; and Natalie Fleet, junior management major from Abilene. Heath Bracken, sophomore marketing major from Salado; and Carson Henley, junior biochemistry major from Colleyville will run for treasurer.
SA vice president, Jared Elk, senior political science major from Savoy, said although he thinks other students on campus could probably challenge Best in the race for president, he thinks Best will pull SA forward.
“If possible, I would like to see someone run just to make sure he stays focused, works hard and stays humble,” Elk said. “But I’ve worked with him for the past year and I, personally, would have a hard time justifying anyone could do a better job.”
Elk said the thinks Best’s visions, desires and teamwork this year will transfer over to next year, along with some plans and goals they didn’t have time to accomplish during this year’s administration.
Best agreed, saying he plans to complete many projects next year that will be left unfinished at the end of the spring semester.
Campaigning for executive offices began Thursday and will run through next week. Candidate debates will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and students can receive two Chapel credits for attending.
Elk said students could get involved with the debate early by leaving comments in the form of questions on videos of the candidates at acustudents.com. Also, Elk said students will be able to text and email questions to the candidates during the debate.
On Wednesday, the candidates will address campus at 11 a.m. Chapel and voting will begin at 11:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday.