Erika Feinman wins SA presidency with focus on student representation

Media Credit: Erika Feinman celebrates with their supporters after winning the race for Student Association president. Katie Causey | Photo Editor

Erika Feinman celebrates with their supporters after winning the race for Student Association president. Katie Causey | Photo Editor
Erika Feinman celebrates with their supporters after winning the race for Student Association president. Katie Causey | Photo Editor
Updated: March 24, 2016 at 4:03 p.m.

Junior Erika Feinman won the Student Association presidential election Thursday night with more than 53 percent of the vote.

Feinman ran on a platform that includes adding one graduate and one undergraduate student to the Board of Trustees and reducing the costs of visits to the Colonial Health Center.

They will also be the first SA president to openly identify with a non-binary gender.

“It’s unreal, it’s very unreal, I’m just so proud of everyone and just amazed, I don’t know how else to describe it,” Feinman said. “It’s a surreal experience. I can’t wait to get started.

Feinman served as a senator on the SA this year. They participated in discussions earlier this year about the revocation of Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, and also serve as co-president of the Feminist Student Union and are a member of Phi Sigma Sigma.

They defeated junior Christina Giordano by about 300 votes.

Junior Thomas Falcigno was sworn in as executive vice president earlier this week, removing him from the ballot. He was the only candidate for the spot and has served as interim executive vice president since January.

“I wish them the best of luck and I look forward to working with them as EVP and president,” he said.

This year, 4,232 students voted, falling short of last year’s record 5,456 votes.

The ballot’s only referendum, which asked students if they would support a discounted rate for Metro bus and rail service, passed by nearly 2,000 votes.

Senior John Lindsay, who serves as SA chief of staff, said current SA members will continue to meet with officials to discuss the next steps for the Metro pass program.

“If we go forward with it, it’ll fundamentally change the experience of GW students,” he said.

SA President Andie Dowd and former Executive Vice President Casey Syron were not present at the results.

Here is the full list of this year’s winners. It will continue to be updated. The names of the winners are italicized:

Student Association President
Erika Feinman – 2,221
Christina Giordano – 1,919

Undergraduate-at-Large Senator
Vote total pending:
Evan Bursey
Logan Malik

Graduate-at-Large Senator
Victoria Parsons – 13
Tom Budinger – 12

CCAS Undergraduate Senator
Devan Cole – 799
Imani Ross – 722
Ivette Headley – 696
Brianna Borghi – 676
Luke Plowden – 674

Owen Evans – 508
Samantha Cosme – 497
Reed Elman Waxham – 452
Frank Kachmar – 428
Vaibhav Jain – 421
John Brown – 198

CCAS Graduate Senator
Mariam Karim – 9
Conor McGrath – 7

CPS Undergraduate Senator
Amanda Harbison – 1

CPS Graduate Senator
Treymayne Smith – 2
Evan Bryan – 2

GSEHD Senator
Alex Ives – 5
Max Gocala – 2

SEAS Undergraduate Senator
Sydney Eskin – 96
Courtney Krawice – 91
Richard Beck – 76
Caleb Whitehead – 68
Lujain Al-Khawi – 11

SEAS Graduate Senator
Zachary Graybill – 2
Ali Seyfi – 2

ESIA Undergraduate Senator
Sydney Nelson – 475
Nate Pasko – 400
Keiko Tsuboi – 301

Meera Devotta – 236
Drew Donaher – 230
Matt Cryer – 167
Andrea LaPointe – 99
Benjamin Yoxall – 95
Oliva Zhang – 89
Leana Reich – 53

ESIA Graduate Senator
Write in vote, 18-person tie.

GWSB Undergraduate Senator
Alex Hersh (30)
Elvin Migirov

GWSB Graduate Senator
Gaurav Sharma (9)
Hillary Kirtland (3)

SPHHS Graduate Senator
Pilar Mendez (28)
Second seat, 3-way tie

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