Student Action Rises Again: Leybovich Nets ASUC Presidency
Thursday, June 3, 2004
Student Action regained the upper hand of ASUC executive offices and was poised to take a majority in ASUC Senate following the release of the much-delayed elections results Tuesday night.
Misha Leybovich, who ran on the Student Action ticket, won the presidential race handily, beating CalSERVE candidate Renita Chaney by nearly 800 votes.
The offices of executive vice president, external affairs vice president and academic affairs vice president were narrow victories for Student Action's Christine Lee, CalSERVE's Liz Hall and Student Action's Rocky Gade respectively.
"It's pretty unreal," Leybovich said. "I've been thinking about this and dreaming about this."
Student Action re-established its long-standing dominance of executive offices just one year after CalSERVE shattered the party's seven-year hold on the executive seats.
The newly introduced BEARS-United party, under newcomer presidential candidate Jake Kloberdanz, did not secure any positions its first try at the ASUC elections.
The party was launched this year as an alternative to the two dominant parties, pledging to eliminate ASUC partisanship.
"I wanted to win, obviously, but the person who I thought would do the next best job won," Kloberdanz said.
Last year, CalSERVE dominated the ASUC, holding all four executive seats. The party will soon only have a hold on the external affairs vice presidential seat.
"The great thing about CalSERVE is that people who are in CalSERVE are going to be doing the work that people promised to do in their campaigns, regardless of whether they're in office," Hall said.
The two major parties will dominate in next year's senate, with only two independent party candidates winning seats. Last year there were seven.
Student Action won 12 seats, whereas CalSERVE grabbed six. Student Action added four Senate seats to last year's eight, while CalSERVE added one new seat.
But Senate results are still tentative and will not be certified until a federal court decides if Defend Affirmative Action Party's senator-elect Yvette Felarca will remain in the race.
Only one Senate seat was secured by an incumbent-Student Action's Billy Wang, who took office after independent Miya Keren stepped down in January.
Dave Madan, the incumbent student advocate, retained his hold on the nonpartisan position.
The Squelch! Party made a comeback in the Senate this year with Ben Narodick winning a seat. The last time the party held a seat in the Senate was two years ago.
APPLE-Engineering turned over its reins to Student Action this year, which successfully garnered them three senate seats, the most in its history.
Although the senatorial positions are still pending, executive officers wore sworn in last night.
Misha Leybovich, Student Action
Christine Lee, Student Action
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS VP
Liz Hall, CalSERVE
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS VP
Rocky Gade, Student Action
Dave Madan, Independent
Lakshmi Sridaran, CalSERVE
Jenn Chon, Student Action
Billy Wang, Student Action
Brent Katsenbaum, CalSERVE
Manuel Buenrostro, Student Action
Jason Dixson, Student Action
Annalyn Terre, CalSERVE
Dena Takruri, CalSERVE
Chris Abad, APPLE-Engineering
Igor Tregub, APPLE-Engineering
Evan Bloom, Student Action
Dorie Perez, CalSERVE
Robert Shen, UNITE Greek
Yvette Felarca, DAAP
Jerico Lavarias, Student Action
Peter Chung, APPLE-Engineering
Noerena Limon, CalSERVE
Ben Narodick, SQUELCH!
Anil Daryani, Student Action
Adrienne Leong, UNITE Greek
*Senate race results have not been certified by ASUC Judicial Council
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