News: BOD prepares for upcoming election period
March 20, 2014
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BY AARON KUNKLER, Staff Reporter
Elections for Central’s student Board of Directors (BOD) will be held next quarter.
The Associated Students of Central Washington University Board of Directors is Central’s student elected government.
The officers serve as a liaison between the students, faculty, community and the state government in Olympia.
Every spring, elections are held, and all positions are open to voting by the student body. There are currently seven positions open, and students are encouraged to not only get involved and vote, but also to run themselves and join in the campaign efforts of other students.
Cassie DuBore, the current Vice President for Legislative Affairs, expressed her enthusiasm about working in the student BOD.
“You get the opportunity to work with the administration, and that really gets your foot in the door for other opportunities,” DuBore said.
DuBore said that she enjoys her work, which gives her the opportunity to represent student interests in Olympia.
The position also entails putting on an event every quarter, among various other activities and programs. DuBore could not say just yet whether she will run for re-election, but she is enthusiastic about the experience.
“I already have ideas for next year, for whoever is implemented in this position,” DuBore said.
Myles Glover, this year’s Elections Coordinator, works for and with Bryan Elliot, the current ASCWU president.
“This year, my plan is to get no one running unopposed,” Glover said. “I want every position to have a general election.”
There are two phases of the election cycle; the first is the primaries, and the second is the general election.
A primary election occurs when there are three or more candidates who have applied for a given position. The student chooses which candidates they prefer. After this, the elected candidates begin their campaign for the general election, which decides who will fill the ASCWU positions.
The primary will be held on April 23 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Students can either vote in person or online. The general election will be held in the SURC on May 8 and will be catered and sponsored by various businesses, such as Pizza Colin and Monster.
Cassie says that students should feel free to inquire about running for any of the positions.
“I would recommend come up to the office and talk to one of the officers here,” DuBore said. “Just come up here and ask questions.”
Glover also expressed his willingness to engage students who may be interested in the elections.
“I’ll sit down with anyone,” Glover said.
He also said that members are students who love the school and are there to help and represent their fellow students.
Glover said that all the officers are committed to providing a quality experience to those attending Central.
“That’s what being an officer is all about, really,” Glover said.
The ASCWU-BOD office is located in the SURC, room 236.