George Balmford

Image: YUSU

Image: YUSU

Third year
Economics and Maths

What made you decide to run for YUSU President?
I felt that there were things that needed to be changed in YUSU that’d benefit everyone. I thought that I’d be good in the role of President and would be able to make a difference, so I went for it. Also, I think it’ll be a fun thing to do whatever the result and at the very least, I will love the attention.

Sum up your main policies.
– DAY TO DAY is concerned with making campus life cheaper and easier (communal kitchens, shops on Hes East etc.).
– YOU & YUSU is, among other things, about keeping you in the know and also improving representation for international and postgraduate students.
– BIG PICTURE is what I hopefully can start on, even if a year isn’t enough time to finish – that’s bits like more communication between departments ([which] should help joint honour students) and also trying to improve integration between Hes East and West.

Describe yourself in three words?
Approachable, enthusiastic, committed.

What makes you different to the other candidates?
I think I’m different to the other candidates because I haven’t been involved in the whole student politician bureaucracy thing. I’ve experienced it all from the other side and because of that I’ve noticed things that need to be improved that’ll benefit the average student here at York. Hopefully people will see that and vote BALM.

What experience do you have that will be good for the role?
I’ve held committee positions (Presidency and Merch) in separate societies as well as being involved in others. I consider myself quite involved in and around campus, so I feel that has helped me figure out what needs to change. Also, I’ve been big into playing sports my whole life so that lends itself to working and communicating well within a team. The usual stuff.

What will you do differently to Sam Maguire, the current YUSU President?
Although I can’t fault Sam’s work, I think I would try and have more of a presence on campus – try to be a recognisable face that people could come up and talk to if they wanted. I’d also be chattier about what YUSU is up to on social media so that everyone knows what’s going on with their union.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I’m currently waiting on an RSVP from the Ghanaian President. I invited him to a house party a few weeks ago but he doesn’t seem too interested at the moment.

What do you think of the other candidates?
They seem like a nice enough bunch. I hadn’t met any of them before so I don’t really know them well enough to say what they’re like, but yeah, I think it’s going to be fun campaigning against them. I’m happy that Ron Weasley is involved though, he was always my favourite.

What do you think the biggest challenge you’ll face during elections will be?
Lack of sleep probably. Lots of late night sign making sessions may ruin me.

What’s your campaign strategy?
Lots of walking around chatting to people I reckon. Can’t say that I have a strategy as such, just try not to piss everyone off too much with all the cardboard and asking them to vote. I’m also lucky enough to have a good bunch of mates helping me campaign, so hopefully my BALMYarmy and I will get the job done.

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