BREAKING NEWS: Olson, Breault win by narrow margin
Twenty-one student votes made the difference in this year’s student body presidential election, as senior Aaron Olson and running-mate, junior De Anna Breault were narrowly elected to lead the student body.
Olson and Breault took in 516 votes, or about 51 percent of the votes cast in this week’s election.
“I’m very excited. De and I are excited to start on Monday,” Olson said.
Seniors Emily Ascher and Michelle Madsen won 495 votes.
After reading the results of the election that were posted in the window of the Student Senate office, senior Nomi Nazeer could not contain his excitement.
“Oh, my God, are you (kidding) me, man?!” he exclaimed before dropping to his knees in the hallway outside of the Student Senate office in Davies Center.
Olson hugged Nazeer moments later, telling him, “I couldn’t have done it without you. I owe you the world, man.”
Eighteen of the 21 Senate candidates running under the umbrella of Students for Action were elected Senate seats. All 10 off-campus Students For Action candidates won seats.
Student voted strongly in favor of supporting United Council, as 745 students agreed to continue supporting the organization.
Student voter turnout declined this year for the second year in a row. With 1092 votes cast, there was about an 11 percent drop in voter turnout from the 1231 votes cast in 2004. There was also a drop in 2004, as there were able 35.2 percent fewer votes cast than in 2003.
A full story on election results will appear in Monday’s edition of The Spectator.