Aswani, Kozlowski head to run off

Two Student Association senators will move on to a runoff election for president while a current cabinet member won his election for executive vice president, the Joint Election Committee announced late Thursday night.

Presidential candidates and SA Sens. Vishal Aswani (SEAS-U) and Kevin Kozlowski (U-at-Large) will face off in a runoff election set to take place March 12 and 13. Sophomore Kyle Boyer, SA vice president of community affairs, is the SA EVP-elect.

Aswani, a junior, received 37 percent of the more than 4,180 votes cast, while Kozlowski, a junior, received 30 percent, according to the JEC. Boyer garnered more than 50 percent of the 3,822 votes cast on Wednesday and Thursday. Candidates running for the SA executive needed to receive at least 40 percent of the vote in order to prevent a runoff election.

“The fact of the matter is, I did get 37.2 percent of the vote, but Kevin got 30 percent. The question is why,” Aswani said. “Was it OG being on the ballot, Tarek being on the ballot, the overall message? The point is we are going to take a look at what worked, what didn’t, and where we should go from there.”

Kozlowski said he is excited about the results of the election.

“I’m excited and energized by the overwhelming amount of supporters and voters,” Kozlowski said. “We had a wide base of support – Greek and non-Greeks, grads and undergrads, freshmen through seniors. I will continue to reach out to all students and show them that I am the only candidate who can continue the progress of Nicole and Brand, the only candidate who represents all students.”

SA Sen. OG Oyiborhoro (CCAS-U), a junior, who was running a write-in campaign for SA president, came in third place with about 22 percent of the vote and sophomore Tarek Al-Hariri finished last with 6 percent of the vote.

Boyer’s victory on Thursday night was the first time a runoff contest was not needed to elect the EVP in the past three years.

“I know I won . but its still hard to believe that 53 percent of the vote was in favor of my ideas and platform,” Boyer said. “I really am humbled and blessed at the opportunity to serve over 20,000 students in the heart of D.C.”

Boyer thanked the candidates he ran against for their tact during the campaigning period.

“No one fished for violations on each other, no one played dirty and we all were able to run on the issues,” Boyer said.

SA Sen. Ted O’Neil (ESIA-U), the runner up in the EVP race, congratulated Boyer on a successful campaign.

“He ran a great campaign, and he will be a great vice president,” said O’Neil, a sophomore, in a news release. “This was a hard fought race, and Kyle and Raven Burnett both made this a great experience.”

SA EVP candidate Raven Burnett, a freshman, came in last place with 14 percent of the vote.

Sophomore Tiffany Meehan defeated junior Kate Prescott for chair of Program Board with 54.4 percent of more than 3,504 votes cast.

Sophomore Elissa Davis, a sophomore, won PB vice chair with 63.7 percent of more than 3,115 votes cast, defeating sophomore Callie Meserole.

Junior Ben Balter, chair of the JEC, said the election was successful, with no large issues affecting the outcome.

“I’m proud to report that there were no significant problems that arose with the shift to online voting,” Balter said. “Compared to past years where students would have to go to a physical polling location, present identification, and otherwise navigate through a cumbersome process, I think it is clear that online elections are a great leap forward towards ensuring that students’ voices get heard.”

Both Aswani and Kozlowski have two weeks to continue campaigning before the runoff election takes place.

“We anticipate an equally smooth, if not smoother runoff,” Balter said. “Thus far, candidates have been displaying a great deal of sportsmanship, and we anticipate that friendly competition to continue in the week to come – it’s still anyone’s race.”

Results of the election are official, but have not been certified. The JEC will validate the results after the runoff election on March 13.

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