Imagine: Towson sweeps SGA election
The Student Government Association election commission announced Imagine: Towson swept the 2012 election, beating out Tiger Strong candidates by a combined 1,743 votes on Wednesday night in Loch Raven.
President-elect Brandy Hall was elected with 1,230 votes. Charlotte Ridgeway was elected vice president with 1,271 votes. Benjamin Mendelsohn was elected treasurer with 1,101 votes. Glorimar Quinones was voted attorney general with 1,238 votes. And Kennard Wallace was voted chief of staff with 1,246 votes.
Hall is the first black, female SGA president elected into office in the history of Towson University, according to Associate Vice President of Campus Life Teri Hall.
Friends and running mates rushed Hall immediately after the announcement. Hall said she still had to let the announcement register.
“I’m really excited, it’s been a really good week for me,” Brandy Hall said. “We plan to start our initiatives immediately, and I’m glad it’s a full ticket and we pushed through. Everyone did a good job on both sides.”
Tiger Strong presidential candidate Schuyler Millham said he plans to be involved with the SGA in some capacity sometime in the future and felt his ticket did well campaigning.
“I don’t feel as if [Imagine: Towson] communicated their initiatives well, but I wouldn’t have done anything differently,” Millham said.
Advisor of the SGA election commission and Coordinator for Student Organizations Christopher Rindosh said he was proud of how all the candidates participated in this year’s election process. While this year’s election didn’t have a record setting amount of votes compared to last year’s 3,444, a different trend was broken.
“I was impressed with how the candidates carried themselves,” Rindosh said. “It was a very clean election, and both sides had the utmost respect for each other. And the biggest accomplishment from this year is that we didn’t have to disqualify a single person, which has happened at least once each of the past five years. It’s not all violations. People don’t necessarily read the election policy or look at the rules of campaigning.”
Mendelsohn said this has been a run of emotions for all students involved.
“When I came to this campus, I never thought I would be in this kind of position,” he said. “I’m excited and can’t wait to start looking at the budget.”