YUSU have released the final candidate list for the 2012 YUSU elections with over 50 candidates standing in what is expected to be a competitive few weeks.
In the hotly contested race for YUSU President both the Vanbrugh College Chair from last year, Kallum Taylor, and the previous Goodricke Chair, Nacho Hernando, have put themselves forward along with: Abir Ahmmed, James Carney, Thomas Stuart Taylor, Zahra Latif and Peter Warner-Medley – who ran for the position of Welfare Officer two years ago.
Bob Hughes, the incumbent Welfare Officer, and Graeme Osborn, the incumbent Academic Officer, have both submitted their application to run for a second year. This follows the success of Tim Ngwena and Sam Asfahani in clinching a second term in recent years.
Other highlights see a three-way battle for the position of Student Activities Officer between Hannah Brearley, Helen Marrison and Chris West.
The rumours of Ben McGladdery re-running for the position of York Sport President have been confirmed as unfounded, leaving the contest to be a straight fight between Charlotte Winter and Dong-Oh Shin.
There are four candidates standing for the position of International Officer and five for Volunteering Officer.
Nearly all the candidates attended the ‘Candidate briefings’ which were held on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon last week. At the briefings, the election rules were outlined and an election budget of £30 for full-time officers and £15 for part-time was announced, along with strict rules for campaigning both online and on campus.
Over 60 candidates initially nominated themselves for YUSU Officer positions, however several have withdrawn their candidacy over the weekend leaving 54 to compete over the next few weeks.
Hustings for the sabbatical and part-time positions will be this Thursday at 6:30pm in L/N/028, with campaigning officially opening on Friday for just under two weeks.
Full candidate list:
Thomas Stuart Taylor
Student Activities Officer
York Sport President
Megan Cross & Ben Dilks
Disabled Students’ Officer(s)
Chris Edwards & Sanchita Chawla
Environment & Ethics Officer(s)
Mike Anstey & Ankita Chawla
Mature Students’ Officer(s)
Minal Niriksha Supri
Racial Equality Officer(s)
Itai Choto & Rohan Banerjee
Becky Mursell & Erin Cork
Lauren Bray & Zoe Wilkinson
Itai Michael Choto