Anmoli Sodha has been elected Chair of Derwent’s Junior Common Room Committee, beating fellow candidates Simon Varley and Adam Seldon in an incredibly close race. All the candidates appeared emotional after hearing the results, which were announced on Friday evening in D Bar.
Sodha described her feelings of “jubilation” at hearing the result, but paid tribute to her fellow candidates and expressed sadness at them no longer being JCRC members: “My two runners-up would’ve been very worthy winners. It was a hard-fought race, and I really do hope that they both stay involved.”
She described internal and external communication as being her first priority as Chair, as this was something she felt had to be “addressed at the beginning of term as it sets a precedence for the rest of the year.” Working on online presence was also a priority, though Sodha noted the difficulty in doing this without an elected webmaster, something she said she would address as soon as possible.
Sodha’s total of 253 votes beat former Sports Rep Simon Varley by only 38, whilst Seldon was a further 107 votes behind. The other two candidates thanked their supporters throughout the campaign and everyone who had expressed support.
The chair results were received with surprise by many at the event, with several members of the losing campaigns reduced to tears.
Other close contests included the Campaigns Officer post, which Emma Sanderson and Maddy Kirkman clinched over opponent Thomas Ron by just under 40 votes; Vice-Chair Welfare, in which Rosie McCluskey and Ed Moore beat first-year team Lizzy Roberts and Chris Worthington; and Vice-Chair Ents, with Marte Retzius and Agatha Torrance losing out to Chris Judge and Joel Brocklehurst.
Here’s the full Derwent JCRC for 2012/13:
Chair: Anmoli Sodha
Vice Chair – Welfare: Rosie McCluskey & Ed Moore
Vice Chair – Ents: Chris Judge and Joel Joel Brocklehurst
Secretary: Hayley Carr and Ellie Burch
Treasurer: Stephie Hines
Sports Reps: Ally Walker, Izzy Ashton, Mike Whittall, Rachel Brooke
Campaigns Officer: Emma Sanderson and Maddy Kirkman
Alumni Rep: Benjamin Ruthven
LGBT Rep: Tom Clark
Bar Rep: Matthew Elvin, Josh Nicholls, Katie Redgrave, Lucy Melkowski
Volunteering Rep: Tessa Barratt and Caitlin O’Kelly
International Reps: Jashan Bhatia and Andrea Bustamante
Eco Reps: Meg Opie and Lily Horton
Sponsorship Reps: Alexander Nicholson and Jol Hutchings
Press and Publicity: Esther Cameron and Sarah Cattle
Merchandise Reps: Maddy Cruz and Mark Robson
RAG Reps: Ben Leatham and Lydia Gorick
Ents Rep: Elizabeth Villanueva, Lucy Winship, Maisie Kelly, Samuel Davies