ASUWT elections results
Published: Monday, May 14, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012 18:05
“It’s been a crazy, exciting morning,” said Elizabeth Pierini of her ASUWT presidential win on Thursday. After a long campaign process, (UWT candidates have weeks to campaign, versus UW Seattle’s three day process) it is a relief to begin planning and working. She and Jaime Toyoda, the new ASUWT vice president, have big plans to grow the organization and raise student involvement, but in finishing out this year they are focused on writing and finalizing bylaws, so as to set a good foundation for next year. They are both thankful that the new constitution, which required a 15% vote in order to be implemented, was voted for by 17.8%. This is the first time that ASUWT has changed the constitution, and having 282 respondents out of the 1580 ASUWT members was a success.
Unique to this election is the four way tie between the write in senate candidates. Since only four people ran for the eight available senate positions, the other four are to be filled with write ins. How things fell, the seventh and eighth positions are tied with four people, each of whom holds five votes. These two positions are yet to be finalized, however as for the rest of the senate, Kelly Mooney, Akua Asare-Konadu, Justin Schrier, Michael Lockwood, Tyler Bjork, and Jordan Hurley have all been voted in for next year. In previous years there were only seven senators; however a senator is added for every 500 students, and as UWT grows, so does the senate. Transportation senator is also a new position to next year.
As for immediate next steps, ASUWT will be hiring next year’s finance director, office secretary, and legislative liaison; information on how to apply will be available by the next public forum on May 16. The senate must approve whoever fills these positions.
Pierini hopes to raise ASUWT accountability to, and involvement with the students, however, with so little participation, as less than half of UWT students are even ASUWT members, and less than one quarter of enrolled members actually voted, it will be difficult. Here’s to hoping that her experience on the Public Relations committee will help to boost these numbers a bit for next year.