EJ Hassan wins SGA presidential race
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 00:03
Just 38 votes separated winning candidate, EJ Hassan, and second place winner, Derek Ramsey in the race for Marshall University student body president. Election Commissioner Ray Cousins announced the results of the 2013 election Wednesday.
“Going into it, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hassan said. “You work very hard, you pray and you put your best foot forward when you walk in the door to hear the results.”
All three teams had two weeks to campaign on campus before the voting started.
“I think what put us ahead in this election was reaching out to students,” Hassan said. “You have to break out of your shell and reach out to people you haven’t talked to.”
Steve Hensley, dean of Student Affairs, said the election was different this year than the other years he has been involved, because there were so many quality teams of good students who were experienced and well organized.
“There were three excellent teams this year that worked hard to put their ideas out there for people to view,” Hensley said. “I think that takes a lot of courage.”
Outgoing president, Ray Harrell, said he thought all three candidates ran a great campaign.
“Everyone really got the word out to the student body,” Harrell said. “That’s what this is all about.”
Harrell said he felt like an excellent team was coming in with the Hassan and Lyons ticket.
“I feel like their institutional knowledge, the connections they already have and the vision they have put forth will take the SGA and continue the progress we’ve already started,” Harrell said.
Hassan said he imagined so many different scenarios of the final outcome of this election.
“One thing I did know was that I was going to cry if I won,” Hassan said. “Hearing your name called as the next student body president is powerful.”
Ashley Lyons, vice presidential candidate on the Hassan ticket, said she did not expect the outcome of this election at all.
“We really thought coming into the second day of voting that we were down,” Lyons said. “So we went out there and worked really hard.”
She said she thought what put them ahead was being genuine with their campaign.
Cousins said the voter turnout was outstanding.
“The main thing was there was over 1,300 students who voted this year,” Cousins said. “That’s what our main goal was, to increase voter turnout.”
All results are unofficial as of Wednesday night.
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