Only one student has entered the race for each position of the election of the Dawson Student Union executive of 2018.
In view of the upcoming Dawson Student Union (DSU) elections, the DSU Elections Commission has released the list of candidates for the DSU executive board of 2018. Despite this being an open election in which any Dawson student can run, only one candidate has decided to run per open position.
The DSU Elections Commission began to publicize the student union elections at the very end of March, with the nomination submissions closing on April 10. This left less than two weeks for potential candidates to inform themselves about the race and manifest their interest. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), who is responsible for overseeing the elections, was only selected recently. In fact, the interviews for this position took place on March 23rd, only 18 days before the closing of the DSU Elections nomination submissions. This left a very tight delay between the start of electoral activities and the deadline for nominations.
The DSU Elections Commission has clarified that other students were interested in running for an executive position, but most did not follow through for reasons that are currently unknown. Despite there being only one candidate per position, each individual must still be voted into their respective roles in the student union. The scheduled debate of April 20 will be taking place as planned, although it will not feature any debating between candidates, as there is no opposition. Questions from the audience will be entertained.
The three days of voting for the next leaders of the Dawson Student Union will take place on April 25, 26, and 27. It remains to be seen what the voter turnout will be in a race of unopposed candidates. The turnout of 2017 was 13.2% with a total of 1344 ballots, a great increase from 2016’s turnout of 4.6% of eligible student voters with a total of 465 ballots.
Here is the full list of candidates for the 2018 executive of the DSU:
Chairperson: Trevon Goppy
Deputy Chairperson: Terry Tsatas
Director of External Affairs: Adam Bruder-Wexler
Treasurer: Cheranda Fraser Williams
Director of Clubs and Services: Jonathan Gelinas
Director of Student Life: Gloria Mutombo
Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy: Ryan Thévien
Director of Communication and Mobilization: Sarah-Lena Grogg
Director of Sustainability: Nicholas Al-Khoury