SGA Elections Around the Corner
The spring SGA election season is about to kick off. Elections will be held on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 to choose next year’s student government representatives. Seats on the Senate, Inter-class Council, Executive Committee, and more, are at stake.
The Senate is SGA’s legislative body that passes all legislation, including chartering clubs and funding various initiatives. The Inter-class Council is the event planning body, which plans and staffs events, such as Junior Ring and Fun Day. Finally, the Executive Committee is SGA’s executive branch, which administers SGA policy and liaisons with the school administration.
Before elections are to be held, nominations and campaigning have to take place. Students can nominate themselves for any position until 4:30 pm this Friday, March 31. Here’s a full calendar of events and deadlines:
Recently, some institutions have faced considerable drama regarding student government elections. Most notably, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently called the legitimacy of the SGA election at Texas A&M, his alma mater, into question. Skidmore’s SGA President and Interim Elections Commissioner, Dorothy Parsons, is hoping for an exciting and competitive, but less divisive, election this spring.
SGA is often criticized for having too many uncontested elections. However, the only way to change that is to get more students involved and running for positions. Almost everyone is eligible, and the whole election cycle is only two weeks. The full election bylaws, for those who are curious, can be found here. For those interested in running, the self-nomination form, which contains a list of all the open positions, can be found here.
Check your email for election updates from SGA. And don't forget to vote!
Questions? Contact Dorothy Parsons at SGA@skidmore.edu.