Terry Ford Wins 2016 UPUA Presidency
The craziest election in UPUA history finally came to an end at 10 p.m. when the polls closed and the final votes were tallied. After all was said and done, Terry Ford earned the position of UPUA’s next President along with Vice President and running-mate Katie Jordan. Ford and Jordan received 5,149 of the votes for the executive position which comes out to a dominant 91.8 percent. This marks the fourth time in five years that the vice president took the logical next step and was elected president.
A race that originally contained two candidates left Ford and Jordan as the only official ballot option after Divy Agnihotri and Megan Fleming were disqualified (although their names still appeared on the ballot, students were unable to click the box to vote for them). Two write-in candidates announced campaigns in the middle of the election cycle, but Ford and Jordan handily defeated both Patrick Cines and Michael Straw (who received 341 votes) and Anthony Mitchell (116 votes), who lost his vice president running-mate Zico Khayat yesterday when he discovered much of Mitchell’s platform was plagiarized.
Ford, a rising senior, has been involved with student government since his freshman year, serving first as a freshman council member before working his way up to At-Large Representative and then 10th Assembly Vice President. Ford and Jordan’s UPUA platform includes 34 initiatives organized into five overarching areas: Diversity & Inclusion, Government Relations & College Affordability, Student Life & Activities, Academic Affairs, and Facilities.
At-Large Representatives, including number of votes
Kyra Rogan – 2,033
Shawn Bengalli – 1,999
Brent Rice – 1,977
Isaac Will – 1,904
Drew Geller – 1,731
Nicholas Karafilis – 1,672
Sarah Tarczewski – 1,664
Kyleigh Higie – 1,457
Jorge Zurita-Coronado – 1,442
Rachel Harrison – 1,439
Bhavin Shah – 1,432
Zach Robinson – 1,429
Andrew Uhring – 1,333
Aaron Kreider – 1,318
Nathaniel Pentz – 1,249
Michael Straw – 1,095
Brooke Jin – 1,064
Sis-obed Torres – 966
Reagan McCarthy – 944
Chrishani Boothe – 885
College of Agricultural Sciences: Bradley Garrett
Smeal College of Business: Timothy Farley
College of Communications: Morgon Goranson
Division of Undergraduate Studies: Maura Ellsworth
College of Education: Claire Kelley
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences: Lydia Scheel
College of Engineering: Vansh Prabhu
College of Health and Human Development: Alexander Shockley
College of Liberal Arts: Erik Zavala
Schreyer Honors College: Jack Shean
Eberly College of Science: Samantha Geisinger
Congratulations to all of the winners. UPUA’s newly-elected Eleventh Assembly will get down to work at its first meeting next Wednesday night in the HUB where Ford and Jordan will be sworn in.
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