In my opinion, there’s nothing like a good bit of gossip and intrigue to kick off an election season. By all accounts, the idea of the media talking about candidates and the elections has got a few of the current YUSU Officers in a bit of a twist, but IMO it’s great to see potential candidates and their supporters use this as a forum that, hopefully, will make it a more thorough selection process.
I’m most interested by the (potentially innocent) campaign to get Steve Miller elected as President. IMO, no-one really knows if Steve actually wants to run, but it’s clear that if he was to chose to do so, he’d be a strong candidate: outside the YUSU clique, nicely exposed by York Come Dancing, a trusted public figure at the head of Doorsafe, and able to draw on a large network of friends and supporters. Don’t hold your breath though.
Moving on… Student Activities grew out of Socs and Comms and Student Development last year, and saw a returning incumbent Officer rejected by the electorate. Looking for votes this year, in my opinion, are 5 candidates, with varied CVs.
Luke Malkin, who must have had candidacy on his mind when he became the face of this year’s York Come Dancing, has been pretty clear with his intentions. He seems to have been the guest on every URY show this week, and – I think – is performing in Fusion in Week 8, just before voting opens. If some candidates are kicking themselves for not signing up for the dancing extravaganza last term to boost their name recognition, I reckon they’ll be even more annoyed to see rivals lit up on stage that weekend. He’s got a great smile. And he can dance.
Someone else who can dance is York Hornets President Hannah Barwick-Walters, who has, by all accounts, decided her YUSU race will be for Student Activities and not YorkSport President, where some had all but pencilled her in. She’ll be guaranteed an enthusiastic and dedicated campaign team, and if she can work the Hornets into it without stepping on any regulatory toes, IMO stands a very strong chance. And hey, if she can keep a team of cheerleaders in check, a plethora of Society Chairs should be a doddle.
Most people I spoke to earlier this term reckoned Chris Etheridge was lining up a run at Academic Officer, but he is apparently resolute about his candidacy for Student Activities. The current Campaign Officer has apparently already started talking to the important committees that the Officer needs to liaise with, and in my opinion will run on a strong RAG-related ticket in comparison to the incumbents weakness in that area this year. IMO, he’ll need to work hard to push his policies over the personality of his potential rivals.
Nick Scarlett is someone who needs no lessons in RAG matters – but will certainly benefit from a cult following, in my opinion. He’s currently Charities Liaison Officer, and so is well-versed in the technicalities and difficulties that bureaucracy at the Union level can pose. IMO he’ll make the most of his Cheesy Pop Soc connections, and will almost certainly benefit from the campaign support and leadership of election veteran Tom Flynn, who masterminded Lewis Bretts’s victory last year. Right now, I’d say he’s the strongest potential candidate.
Katie Unsworth is something of an unknown across campus, IMO, but can draw on her Alcuin RAG Rep experience and – I hear – her friendship with incumbent Rhianna Kinchin to draw up a successful campaign. Certainly not one to write off. Maybe the red paint will get dusted off and the Special K tactic will re-emerge. IMO, that and Brett’s now-infamous Fruit and Veg campaign were the most impressive election schemes last year.
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