The candidates for First-Year Senate met with the Elections Chair this past Wednesday, Sept. 4 to receive a briefing on the rules for campaigning. Even though they have only been on campus for a couple of weeks, seven first-year students have nominated themselves to campaign for one of the four seats at the senate.
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Elections Chair Sarah Lewis (‘21) ran the meeting with participation from Attorney General Diana Karamourtopolous (‘21) who shared her experience as a first-year senator and offered clarification on the campaign rules. President Vincent Costa (‘20) oversaw the meeting and officially congratulated them for qualifying to run for the senate. Also present was Ajay Sah (‘22), who will be stepping up as Elections Chair.
“My job is to make sure every election for Student Government runs smoothly and to make sure the candidates have enough knowledge of the elections rules to run an effective campaign,” explained Lewis. Between the briefing and elections, which take place on Monday, the candidates have time to put up posters and try to get votes.
The first-year students running for senate are Tabby Lopes, Melanie Marcus, Harrison Neal, Yoel Ovadya, Rachel Papa, Kareena Salvi and Henry Young.
Lopes, who is originally from Plymouth, N. H., shared with The Drew Acorn that she is campaigning for Student Government since she was part of SG “because [she] did it all through high school” and is looking to continue in college.
"I believe in ‘love-based leadership’, which means building a relationship of trust and integrity with those I represent and work alongside,” said Marcus from Hawthorne, N.J. “I want to represent our interests and needs inside and outside of the student body.”
Neal, an international student from Wellington, New Zealand. He described himself as “your ONLY resident New Zealander EVER!” Neal is also part of the swim team and he loves his country. “Allow me the pleasure of repping you too! Go Rangers!”
Ovadya is also an international student, he is originally from Istanbul, Turkey and you can easily recognize him in the portraits below since he was confident enough to send his baby picture. “How could you say no to this face?!” he added.
“I have set a goal to be as involved as I possibly can,” said Papa, from Clark, N.J. “Being elected as a class senator would allow me to do just that and help to make the most of our college experience!"
Salvi is from Edison, N.J. and has worked with N.J. Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. as part of the Youth Advisory Council. “I will fight for you,” she said. “ I want to help create a safer and healthier school environment."
“My passion for politics and [the] opinions and perspectives from people of all different backgrounds, that love of diversity is what made me want to come to Drew,” said Young, from Cranford, N.J. “It is one of the main reasons I am running for Senator.”
The freshman class will receive an email on Monday, Sept. 9 with a link to vote on the Path. As of now, Student Government will have no physical polling stations. “Every year we have a group of strong leaders who run for the Freshmen seats in Student Government, and this year is no different,” concluded Lewis. “Since this is my last election as Elections Chair, I really want to see what these candidates can do! If we can have an interesting election with lots of freshmen voting, that would be an awesome ending to my time as Elections Chair.”