Two years ago, Matt Burton breezed through the Services and Finance Officer election with the wind of the unfinished Courtyard project behind his back. Two plucky rivals dared to throw their hat in against Big ‘Ol Papa YUSU (some say his hands are bigger than a dinner plate, IMO), but the manner of his victory to arguably, IMO, the most important position on the Sabbatical team, was emphatic.
Two years on, Dan Walker, former Goodricke JCRC Chair, might well have an even easy ride to the pursestrings of the Union. Perhaps Democracy and Services is a little less sexy than Services and Finance; or perhaps Lewis Bretts is a little less sexy than Matt Burton – who was also Goodricke Chair before joining the Union. Maybe Dan has the ‘Don’t even think about it’ factor that saw potential rivals to Charlie Leyland last year run and hide; or maybe other candidates feel a late entrance will stand them in good stead. Well, that certainly worked for Charles Bushby, didn’t it.
IMO, Dan seems pretty well placed for the job. He had the unenvious task of leading the first students on to Heslington East, and by all accounts did a very good job. That could prove very important in March for all positions, as the majority of candidates will, IMO, fail to dedicate enough time to the somewhat remote location. He also oversaw the 40th Birthday Celebrations of the college last year, and as Nouse reported in June, Goodricke were one of the colleges in the most healthy financial situation.
However, uncontested elections are rare at a Union level, and chances are that someone will emerge to at least attempt to challenge Dan’s election, IMO. Someone other than the looming threat of RON, of course. That said, Dan won a very tight Goodricke election back in late 2008, so shouldn’t be too worried about a need to get out the vote, IMO.
On another note, the will-he-won’t-he Steve Miller saga – or should that be spoof? – gathers pace. People I spoke to yesterday who are close to Steve, and admitted they had posted the comments declaring his intentions on this blog, said they “think he won’t run, but knows he’d win if he did.”
One person who has full faith is former Derwent Chair Oli Lester, who hopes to inspire Steve with this:
We wait and see.
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