Students’ Association passed a bill in regards to the upcoming Executive Officer elections April 9th.
Traditionally, the vice president would serve as election chair. However, this year’s vice president, Rodney Johnson, junior management major from Odessa, is seeking election for SA president. This leaves SA president Dylan Benac, senior political science major from Bourne, as election chair.
Benac is responsible for selecting election co-chairs. The co-chairs are to observe the rules of the election and make sure the chair has followed the rules approved by Congress. He said he chose the members he believed were best fit for the job.
This years election co-chairs include Bryson Shake, senior communication major from Abilene, Dylan Brugman, senior political science major from Trophy Club, Stewart McGregor, senior bible major from Arlington, Allen Taylor, senior information technology major from Pflugerville and Laura Music, senior psychology major from Abilene.
“These co-chairs have no weight or bias when it comes to the election,” Benac said. “They’re to help me follow the rules.”
During the meeting Congress reviewed the rules for elections and procedure campaigners have to follow.
Benac repeatedly told Congress that campaigning time should change the campus.
“Students need to clearly know a campaign is going on when it is,” Benac said.
Benac raised the campaign-spending limit from $250 to $300 allowing candidates more money to spend during their campaign. He said it will help aid the cost of material that can become expensive during a campaign.
“Everything that a candidate spends has to be recorded during the campaign,” Benac said. “This includes the cost for the ingredients that a friend uses to make cookies for the campaign.”
Another change was made to the campaign rules. This year candidates can inform people of their motives while they sign the petition.
The campaign guideline bill was approved by Congress with a 27-member approval.