Elections Results Finally Released

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Wally Adeyemo was elected ASUC president yesterday, leading the Student Action party to dominate the student government elections for the third consecutive year.

Voters also approved Proposition 2, a mandatory student fee increase of $17.50 per semester to the ASUC, and rejected Proposition 1, which bans official recognition of ASUC political parties.

The Student Action party captured three of the four partisan executive races, with Justin Christensen winning the executive vice president race and Josh Fryday securing the external affairs vice presidency.

Catherine Ahn of the

Cal-SERVE/APPLE Alliance took the academic affairs vice president's office. She is the first elected official to break Student Action's hold on the executive seats since 1999.

Independent Matt Holohan was elected Student Advocate after the early favorite, Student Advocate office chief of staff Johnny Sircar, dropped out of the election.

Minor parties made strong gains in the senate race and now comprise almost one-third of the senate's 20-seat chamber.

The senate was generally split between the two rival factions, with Student Action winning six seats and the Cal-SERVE/APPLE Alliance scoring seven seats-four going to APPLE and three to Cal-SERVE.

Adeyemo, who campaigned on the record of the past two Student Action presidents, said his election gives him a mandate to initiate his "One Campus Initiative" to increase student services.

"As much as it was a mandate on my agenda, it was a mandate on how the student government has been run in the past," Adeyemo said.

He said his biggest challenge will be to find a way to bring students together after a "messy election," one where entire parties were temporarily disqualified. Adeyemo said another main issue will be to manage growing ASUC budget surpluses-the senate almost ran out of money from its contingency fund earlier this year.

"The ASUC must find a way to be financially accountable with the amount of money that will be coming in," he said.

Cal-SERVE/APPLE presidential candidate Jose Luis Lopez, who campaigned on improving campus policies for students, conceded the election earlier yesterday.

Lopez had criticized the previous Student Action administrations for working on projects, such as the ASUC Ball, that he said do not affect a broad range of students.

"It didn't turn out the way I'd like, but it's hard to argue with student opinion," Lopez said. "I'm anxious to see what comes out of (the Office of the President) next year."

Lopez said he will remain involved in the ASUC next year.

Executive Vice President-elect Justin Christensen said his top priority will be to heal the wounds from the politically polarized atmosphere around the ASUC.

Some officials have said the student government has seen the worst partisanship in recent memory, as a sharply divided senate presided over the ousting of two elected officials that many observers believe was caused by political motives.

"The challenge is that everyone needs to put aside the bitterness from this year," Christensen said.

Re-elected Independent Senator Joanne Liu said strong support for "fun" independent parties could result in decreasing political maneuvers.

But APPLE Senator Brian Bergman said the familiar voting blocs would return next year, and either major party could dominate the senate.

With the close of the ASUC elections turmoil this year, which started with the temporary disqualifications of the Student Action party, Bergman said it may be time to start a wide reform of ASUC rules.

"Elections rules need to be overhauled," Bergman said. "Bylaws need to be specific, and there needs to be more guidelines."

Rounding out the initiatives, voters rejected Proposition 3, which would have established a clearer separation of powers between the senate and the executives. Voters passed Propositions 4 and 5, which codify more responsibilities for the Student Advocate Office and create an ASUC environmental advocacy committee.


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