UGBC Candidates Announced

Six pairs of Boston College undergraduates have entered their names in hopes of becoming UGBC president and vice president for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Listed alphabetically by presidential candidate’s last name, with presidential candidates first, the pairs are: Matthew Flynn, CSOM ’13 and Jack Walsh, A&S ’13; Vanessa Gomez and Jennifer Wanandi, both A&S ’13; Chris Osnato and Kudzai Taziva, both A&S ’13; Michael Salerni and Benjamin Donovan, both A&S ’13; Conor Sullivan, LSOE ’13 and Daniel Tonkovich, CSOM ’13; and Robert Veiga and Jeff Colonnese, both CSOM ’13.

Each candidate is subject to disqualification by the Elections Council if they do not clear a disciplinary check.

For the next several weeks, the teams will be campaigning for the vote of the student body. Candidates will be available for a meet and greet session tonight at 8 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room and will be recruiting help for each of their campaigns. Official campaigning begins Wednesday, Feb. 1 and runs throughout the month until final voting on Feb. 20 and 21.

Presidential primary voting will occur on Feb. 9 and 10, and will eliminate four of the six teams, leaving two to battle out the final round.

Questions or complaints about the presidential elections or campaigning can be directed to the Elections Committee.

According to the committee’s website, “The Elections Committee is an unbiased group comprised of undergraduate students representing all classes. The roles and responsibilities of the Elections Committee are to organize informational meetings for potential candidates, facilitate elections, enforce the Election Code, manage presidential and vice-presidential debates, approve campaign materials, and answer any questions and/or concerns of the individuals involved in all elections.”

Candidates are subjected to strict campaigning rules, outlined in the Elections Code, which dictate policies such as campaigning hours, amount of campaigning allowed, and amount of money spent on campaigning.

For presidential elections, candidates are permitted to spend up to $500 before the primaries. Purchases of items like shirts, banners, and flyers must be disclosed to the Elections Committee to ensure that candidate teams do not exceed their budget. After the primaries, the two remaining teams are permitted to spend an additional $150.


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