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Who is Running for UPUA President?

With UPUA election season looming near, I know that everybody is dying of curiosity to know who will be running for President. Since I’m such a people pleaser, I did a little investigating to help answer your inquiries. Unfortunately, I found out almost nothing.

In order to be considered a candidate, potential presidential hopefuls have two weeks to pick up a registration packet in 332 HUB, get 100 signatures on it, and return the packet. This two-week period began on February 18 and will continue until March 1. That goes for anyone interested in running for a representative position on UPUA as well.

There have been two Presidential registration packets signed out so far, but is current Vice President and natural front-runner Katelyn Mullen one of them? The answer is we don’t know, but it seems only natural that Katelyn, a junior, will run for president.

When asked if she was running for President, Vice President Mullen responded, “Unfortunately I am unable to provide a comment about that at the time.”

Candidates aren’t allowed to announce their candidacy until March 11, or face harsh penalties from the elections commission led by John Zang. (Announcing a candidacy early, I’m told, is punishable by ten years of hard labor.)

If Mullen were to run though, who would be her hypothetical VP? Since I can’t even confirm that she’s running, I have absolutely no way of knowing who her running mate would be, but here are some of my guesses:

  • Dutch Markward: Dutch is currently an off-campus representative and, more importantly, is the Chair of Student Life and Diversity. His position as Diversity Chair could pull a lot of weight in this election, as there has been a recent push for diversity awareness.
  • Rachel Franceschino: Rachel is currently the PHC Representative and Governmental Affairs chair. With Rachel on the ballot, it could help Katelyn get the Greek endorsement, which is usually the most powerful.
  • Grant Brown: Grant currently serves on the executive board as the Public Relations Deputy Director. His experience with public relations and his endless Photoshop abilities could help her run an effective campaign.
  • Dray Krishnan: Dray is currently an on-campus representative and also is the Chair of Internal Development. Dray initially filed the complaint in the iFiasco, so with him on the ballot, it can be assured that they wouldn’t go above their $600 campaign budget.
  • Kevin Horne: Kevin currently serves on the executive board with Katelyn as the Press Secretary. With Kevin on the ballot, they would definitely win the presidential debates, and he could help sway voters with some persuasive speeches. The only downside to Kevin on her ticket would be all of the people that didn’t vote for her because Kevin would be on the ticket.

Will Katelyn Mullen decide to run for President? Will any of these people be her running mates? Only time will tell. Hang in there guys, we’ll find out soon enough, as candidates will be announced in two weeks.

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