Incumbent Miguel Daal loses race for Graduate Assembly president

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After running for what would have been roughly his fourth term, current Graduate Assembly President Miguel Daal lost the election for president at the assembly's meeting on Thursday to Bahar Navab, a current delegate.

Daal first assumed the presidency in July 2008 and has been in office ever since, aside from a brief period of about three months at the beginning of this academic year when the role was filled by Philippe Marchand, who stepped down and was replaced by Daal at the assembly's Oct. 7 meeting.

"I would have liked to be president for the next year in order to finish some projects that I started which I believe are of high graduate student importance and I would have done a very good job at completing," Daal said.

He has been involved with the assembly for eight years.

According to Marchand, several offices in this year's election were contested, which he said was unusual and attributed to an overall increased interest in the assembly.

Marchand, who has served a temporary position of internal coordinator since stepping down as president, was elected to fill a new position of assembly affairs vice president, an office he said will resemble the role of the ASUC executive vice president as assembly chair.

"I think Miguel did amazing work for the GA," Marchand said. "I don't think in any case you can say that because he wasn't elected for a fourth term, that doesn't mean people didn't appreciate the work that he did."

J.D. Morris is the lead student government reporter. Contact him at [email protected]

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