Former Langwith College Chair Cem Turhan has been elected as the new YUSU LGBT Officer in a by-election following the resignation of Emma Brownbill in November. Turhan will hold the post until the main YUSU elections next term.
Turhan defeated the two-strong ticket of Lex Rose and Thomas Martin in the second round of voting, winning 45 per cent of the final vote. Other contenders Giovanni Pilides and Victor Bernard dropped out in the first round after no candidate reached the required 52.5 per cent threshold.
Commenting that he felt “really honoured to be elected in the role”, Turhan said that he planned to use his experience as Langwith College Chair to “plan bigger events and campaigns” and to involve “people from all walks of life” and not just the LGBT community.
Bob Hughes, YUSU Welfare officer, added that he felt “the election went well” and that he was pleased in the level of interest that there had been in the by-election. He also wished Cem “all the best” for his term in office.
When asked about the circumstances of the election, Turhan said that it was unfortunate, but hoped that it highlighted, “that [YUSU] officers and college chairs need a lot more support in their roles” due to the high workload when combined with academic responsibilities. Adding that his priority now is to “work my hardest to do a great job.”
Turhan will be in the position for next term until the position is opened up again to students in the annual YUSU elections.