The full list of candidates standing in this year’s YUSU elections has been released.
Both Lydia Blundell, former Halifax Chair, and Tim Ellis, last year’s chair of Goodricke, are confirmed to be running for President, alongside the more unpredicted candidate Aaron Rolph, who also boasts JCRC experience for James College.
Charlie Rowley, current Union Council Chair, has also been added to the list of confirmed Presidential candidates, having been omitted from the original list due to a technical error when submitting his nomination form.
The list also verifies rumours that Laura Borisovaite plans to re-run for her position as Welfare Officer for a second year, against Robert Hughes. Academic Affairs will now also be a two horse race, between Alistair Logan and Graeme Osborn.
As expected by many, both Sam Asfahani and Ben McGladdery will be the only contestants in the race for York Sport President. Nonetheless, the election campaigns for Student Activities looks to be as contentious as President this year, with James Croydon, James Anderson and Arthur Pitt all adding their names to the fray.
In a similar trend to last year, many of the part-time Officer candidates are standing uncontested, with campaigns, disability, Ents and racial equality among others all with only one candidate, or pair, running for the position.
The candidates were all informed of the strict election rules last night at the candidate briefing led by the Returning Officer. The stringent regulations prevent the candidates from spending more than £35 on their campaign, put outright ban on mass emails as well as enforcing close restrictions on twitter and facebook as campaigning platforms. Candidates who break any rules can be punished either through a campaign ban, or in more extreme cases, through a monetary fine.
Hustings for the sabbatical and part time positions will be this Thursday, with campaigning officially opening on Friday for just under two weeks.
The election results will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of Thursday 3rd March in L/N/028.
Full list of candidates
Student Activities Officer:
York Sport President:
Liam Haakon Smith
Chris Edwards and Özge Bektasoglu
Henna Ishaq & Liam O’shaughnessy
Racial Equality Officer:
Basim Al-Ahmadi and Lawrence Binitie
Rebecca Irwin & Baxter Willis
Cat Wayland and Nell Beecham