It seems second-term syndrome is catching amongst Union Officers.. There must be something in the YUSU water.
Ben Humphrys, incumbent Welfare Officer, has told OTR that he’ll be contesting the 2010 elections, but not for his current position – he’s got his eyes on Academic Officer instead.
It’s an interesting move. OTR hears that while he’s enjoyed the Welfare role, he reckons one-year with the Union doesn’t allow for a huge amount of impact, especially in a brand-new position.
A quick peruse through his election pledges details that his successes with a campus GUM clinic, a reformed Welfare committee, action on rogue landlords and the ill-fated portering campaign give him a generally positive report card for his term thus far. All signs point to a Course Rep-focused campaign, drawing on the need to continue the successes of Charlie Leyland this year.
YUSU-watchers and conspiracy theorists will point at the candidacy of Peter Warner-Medley for Humprhys’ current position and quickly make something out of their close friendship. In truth, Humphrys has made no secret of his support for the current LGBT Officer’s campaign, but that alone won’t get either of them elected.
Indeed, Rory Shanks and Ed Durkin tried to use their closeness as a campaign tool last year, visiting colleges in tandem. Neither were elected – Humprhys and Warner-Medley should take note.
Jason Rose – the only candidate a few days ago – now looks to be up against two candidates that will run very strong campaigns. Humprhys has won over campus already – defeating perennial also-ran Matt Pallas and cult favourite Jenny Coyle last year – and Chemistry BoS Rep. Matt Bailey is well-respected by those who understand the Academic role’s demands.
Certainly, it looks set to be a important job next year, what with tuition fee rises almost inevitable whatever government is formed in May. OTR reckons the candidates’ stance on the cap rise will feature heavily if the race is close.
All we need now are a few more D&S candidates and everyone will be in the same boat; OTR isn’t much of a fan of uncontested victory parades. Might Bretts jump on the incumbent bandwagon too? IMO, this blog probably won’t be his preferred medium through which to announce it…
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