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Volume 68, Issue 101, Friday, February 21, 2003


SGA elections short on contested postitions

By Ray Hafner
Senior Staff Writer

The slate of candidates for the upcoming Student Government Association election is surprisingly bare, with only five of 31 races featuring more than one candidate. The 26 candidates in these uncontested races, including two paid positions, are virtually guaranteed victory.

Incumbent and junior business major Dawona Miller will square off against sophomore USD major Nick Somarakis, an Independent, in the presidential race -- the only contested SGA administration seat. Miller is running on the Student Voice ticket, which boasts a candidate in every race. 

Jon Quintanilla, a junior sociology major, will continue as Vice President. Laura Salinas, senior pre-business major, will become the Student Regent.

Engineering No. 1 is one of the four contested Senate seats. Independent candidate and senior chemical engineering major Adam Perdue will oppose Student Voiceis Rojelio Mendoza, a freshman computer engineering major.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences seats No. 1 and No. 3 are contested. The races will feature sophomore political science major Mark Annas of Student Voice against Independent Fresnel Phan, junior media production major, and Student Voiceis Michael Graves, freshman political science major, against Independent Ken Maynard, junior economics major, respectively.

Independent Patrick Ortiz, freshman, and Studenti Voiceis Abby Fogarty, junior, will fight for the college of Hotel and Restaurant Managementis only seat.

Candidates are expected to attend a seminar Feb. 24 to discuss campaigning. Elections are scheduled for March 12 and 13. The winner will be announced March 14.

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