Student election results

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Student election results

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Voter turnout faltered in this year’s student elections, with only 566 votes compared to more than 4,400 ballots tallied in Spring 2015, the highest in Santa Rosa Junior College’s history.

“The low voter turnout is very unfortunate,” said current Student Government Assembly President Joshua Pinaula. “California community colleges have a difficult time getting students to vote in general. The SGA hoped to see the number of voters increase this year, and perhaps benefiting from students remembering voting last year.”

While the voter turnout was significantly lower than last year’s, election coordinator Billy Oertel said the turnout wasn’t especially low compared to previous years.

“2015’s high voter turnout was related to a high-profile issue [Student Center Fee Referendum] on the ballot; the three previous elections (2012, 2013 and 2014) had turnouts similar to this years’,” he said.

Pinaula noted various circumstances as to why voter turnout was low. “Some things that were different this year include no student portal message being sent out to remind students, no all-staff email being sent out to remind teachers (to announce to students) and elections brochures were late getting made,” he said.

The winners were mainly from the Justice League slate, a diversity-based platform, winning eight out of 12 positions. Only two members of the opposing Rebel Alliance slate were voted into office. Two other winning candidates had no party affiliation.

Jordan Panana Carbajal of the Justice League won 392-57 against write-in candidate Gilbert Stone of the Rebel Alliance for SGA president.

“Most noteworthy, a number of students from underrepresented student groups were elected to Associated Students for a second year,” said assistant director of student affairs Dean Tahir in a faculty email.

Name of Office……………………………..# of Votes

SGA President

Jordan Panana Carbajal (JL)………..392

Gilbert Stone (RA)……………………………………57

Executive Vice President of Petaluma

Emanuell “Manny” Monter……………267

Ana Belem Sanchez…………………………………186

Vice President of Advocacy

Hernan Rai Zaragoza Lemus (JL)….295 

Maleehai Rodriguez………………………………..161

Vice President of Committees

Maria Fernando Salcido (JL)…………427

Vice President of Student Health

Sarai Rebeca Vargas (JL)……………..214

Hannah Cagle (RA)…………………………………199

Zoe Moore……………………………………………….61

Vice President of Membership & Marketing

Eduardo Osorio Juarez (JL)………….414

Vice President of Student Life

Abel Fernando Galindo (JL)…………266

Robert Martinez (RA)…………………………..195

Vice President of Organizations

Joshua Pinaula (RA)…………………..394

Vice President of Diversity

Hector Jimenez (JL)……………………241

Enrique Martinez (RA)…………………………219

Vice President of Finance

Gavin N. Johnston (RA)………………394

Vice President of Sustainability

LaMont Jerome Powell (JL)……….268

Michal Steiner (RA)……………………………..195

Student Trustee  

Sabrina Rawson………………………412

Transportation Survey Results

Yes………………………………………..393

No…………………………………………………..173

Total number of votes……………..566

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