If there’s one trend in election rumours this year, it’s the head-scratching absence of female candidates. So far, there’s only been one female seriously linked with a campaign, and that’s would-be Student Activities challenger Katie Unsworth. But that might be set to change.
For all Off The Record‘s digging, and a certain YUSU Sabb’s cajoling, there only seem to be male candidates eyeing runs at the other two positions, Academic and Welfare Officer, leaving Unsworth well and truly in the minority. More on that below.
If this is the extent of the candidates, and there are no major surprises emerge in the other four races between now and declaration day, there is a very strong chance that all the 2010/11 Sabbs will be male. Yeah. You read it here first.
Yet, there may be one person to buck this trend. If the gossipers are to believed, soaring through the electoral air with a big girly cape, Women’s Officer Ellie Kuper-Thomas is set to fly the flag for the ladies against Tim, David and the rest of the boys currently scrapping for the top job.
There’s no word from her right now regarding any kind of definitive race, but she’d certainly be sticking to her Women’s Officer commitments if she attempted to emulate Anne-Marie Canning, Ffion Evans, et al. And what’s more, as one of only two females pitching for an officership, she could certainly bank on a sizeable female vote from the more apathetic students on campus.
She’s won cross-campus ballots before, has proven to be a successful Officer this year, and has a good reputation among her fellow Officers this year. OTR reckons that if she did hand in her nomination form, she’d have a very good chance of securing the votes.
That aside, challenges to Peter Warney-Medley’s desire to succeed Ben Humphrys, who held his position of LGBT Officer last year, do not seem to be materialising, though OTR did speak to a would-be female rival who has decided to postpone her YUSU ambitions for a year.
Right now, Academic Officer looks like race between two, three or possibly four male candidates, depending on other races. Jason Rose, borrowing from the David Levene school of timing, declared his candidacy very early, and now looks, if rumours are to be believed, to have been joined by Chemistry student Matt Bailey in the race for Charlie Leyland’s seat. OTR has also heard of a potential challenge from a fourth-year Computer Science student, though he is yet to formally declare any intentions publicly – and some are still betting that potential Presidential candidate Oli Hutchings – a former Economics Board of Studies Rep. – may well yet switch to a bid for Academic Officer.
There’s also rumours of a incumbent switching positions in an attempt to get 12 more months in YUSU Towers, but more on that in the next post.
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