Saturday, December 3rd 2016

2016 A.S. Elections

Associated Students elections are officially upon us with three new campus political parties running slates alongside several independent candidates. Voting has begun on GOLD and will continue through this Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m. The Bottom Line compiled short videos for all executive candidates in the race to inform student voters of their choices.

A.S. President

Austin Hechler, Campus United
(Proxy due to medical reasons)

  • Class and Major: Third-year political science major
  • Involvements: A.S. Senate, Zeta Beta Tau fraternity
  • Platform Goals: Modernize A.S. digital services, improve A.S. accessibility and efficiency

Alejandra Melgoza, Independent

  • Class and Major: Third-year sociology and Chican@ studies double major
  • Involvements: A.S. Senate, Take Back the Night, Now UCsb, MUJER
  • Platform Goals: Increase visibility of communities around campus, reform sexual assault conversation

José Magaña, Peer Action Coalition

  • Class and Major: Second-year political science major
  • Involvements: A.S. Senate, United States Student Association
  • Platform Goals: Reform mental health services, create more A.S. offices

Internal Vice President

Natalie Jordan, Write-In

  • Class and Major: Second-year political science and history of public policy double major
  • Involvements: Formerly A.S. Senate
  • Platform Goals: Expand medical services on campus, ensure creation of student-centered senate projects

Manushi “Nushi” Yapabandara, Write-In

  • Class and Major: Second-year philosophy and psychology double major
  • Involvements: Residence Halls Association
  • Platform Goals: Regulate multicultural Greek life, improve resources for non-traditional students

External Vice President for Local Affairs

Ashcon Minoiefar, Campus United

  • Class and Major: Third-year history of public policy major
  • Involvements: A.S. Senate, Public Safety Commission, Sigma Pi fraternity, Isla Vista Self-Governance
  • Platform Goals: Create Isla Vista reform justice system, push for Isla Vista self-governance

External Vice President for Statewide Affairs

Stevan Abdalmalik, The Response

  • Class and Major: Third-year history of public policy major
  • Involvements: Formerly A.S. Senate, United States Student Association, Lobby Corps
  • Platform Goals: Create open-source textbooks, increase affordability of college tuition

Victor Garcia, Peer Action Coalition

  • Class and Major: Third-year political science major
  • Involvements: Residence Halls Association, UCSB 4 Bernie
  • Platform Goals: Push for near-100 percent state voter registration, mobilize students to refocus lobbying process

Neha Nayak, Campus United

  • Class and Major: Third-year biopsychology major
  • Involvements: UCSB HerCampus, Dhadkan Dance Team, Indus
  • Platform Goals: Improve UCSB’s UCSA mental health grade, push for near-100 percent state voter registration

Student Advocate General

Josephine Ampaw, Independent

  • Class and Major: Third-year political science and feminist studies double major, history minor
  • Involvements: Office of the Student Advocate, CRU Ministry, Black Student Union, Pan-African Student Union
  • Platform Goals: Make SAG resources more accessible to students, increase A.S. budget transparency