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SGA candidates speak on platforms for upcoming elections


Jacksonville State University’s Student Government Association held SGA candidate speeches for the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, March 18th at 7 p.m. in the TMB Auditorium.

The candidate speeches were introduced by current SGA President Jason Sumner and were moderated by Graduate Assistant Noelle Millirons.

SGA Presidential candidates are graduate student Krystal Hardy and junior Jade Wagner.

“I feel like I’ve followed long enough and it’s time to lead,” Krystal Hardy said her closing statements.

Hardy spoke of how she wanted to be the liaison between students and the administration. She said she wants to be the voice of the students to the administration and the voice of the administration to the students.

Hardy believes that the relationships of the SGA executives are very important and would like to have one-on-one meetings with each executive along with the group meetings they have every week. She also wants to make sure that the executives are working for what the students want.

“This is something I want with all my heart and I want it for all the right reasons,” said Jade Wagner in her closing statements.

Wagner spoke about how she feels the SGA executives should act as a family and stick together in telling the administrators what students want.

She also wants to bring JSU more spirit and make the SGA more approachable.

Candidates for Vice President of Student Senate are junior Mark-Anthony Carter and junior Brett Johnson.

“I’m not saying I could solve every problem, but if there’s a logical solution I’m determined to uncover it,” Mark-Anthony Carter said in his closing statements about problems students might have on campus.

Carter wants to make sure the students of JSU know who the student senators are and know that they can go to a senator for any problems they are having on campus.

“I want you to remember this, I will be your voice to the administration, to the students and to the faculty,” said Brett Johnson in his closing statements about the job of VPSS.

Johnson thinks the role of the student senators is to be public servants and make sure the interests of the students at JSU are brought to attention.

Candidates for Vice President of Organizational Affairs are sophomore Randolph “Randy” James, junior Jeremy Potts, junior Leinin Scherr and sophomore Ariel Tolson.

James wants to explain the organization council to all the organization at JSU and let them know everything the OC has to offer.

As the current VPOA, Jeremy Potts wants to continue with the ongoing revamp of OC meetings are already going through. The meeting on Tuesday he planned to start informing the organizations with different things that are going on at JSU.

Leinin Scherr wants to educate the organizations in everything that OC has to offer and wants to let the organizations know when to announce events and help get more participation in events.

Ariel Tolson wants to get information from all the organizations and remind them of the meetings and let the organizations announce events at the OC meetings and have them publicized to get more participation at the events.

Candidates for Vice President of Student Activities are sophomore Mariah Allen and sophomore Kelsey Mann.

Mariah Allen wants to bring spirit back to JSU and would like to start a spirit squad for JSU sporting events.

Kelsey Mann wants to have bigger events that would appeal to JSU’s diverse campus instead of little events that would cost more.

Voting will be on Thursday, March 21st from 12:01 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will take place at The JSU website states that students should check GEM and the JSU Public Relation website for voting instructions on that day prior to elections.

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