Unite ticket sweeps spring student government elections

Members of the UNITE ticket (L-R): Juedon Kebede, Tri-Executive-elect, Jon Heisler, candidate for ASSG representative, Lora Roberts, candidate for Tri-Executive, and Thao Bui, volunteer, table in the University Memorial Center during the first day of CUSG Elections, April 7, 2014. (James Bradbury/CU Independent)
Members of the UNITE ticket (L-R): Juedon Kebede, tri-executive-elect; Jon Heisler, ASSG representative-elect; Lora Roberts, tri-executive-elect; and Thao Bui, a volunteer, table in the University Memorial Center during the first day of CUSG Elections, April 7, 2014. (James Bradbury/CU Independent)

CU student government’s incumbent ticket, Unite, swept campus-wide spring elections that closed Thursday evening, according to preliminary results released by CUSG.

Unite, comprised primarily of current student government officials and staff, won CU’s tri-executive student body president and all four representative-at-large positions.

Juedon Kebede, Lora Roberts and Chelsea Canada will take office as tri-executives in the coming weeks.

Lora Roberts will fill the seat currently held by her twin sister, sitting tri-executive Ellie Roberts.

Aleiya Amaya, Benjamin Nguyen, Caitlin Pratt and Katie Raitz will represent the student body as representatives-at-large on the equivalent of student government’s congressional delegation.

More than 5,500 students, or about 20 percent of the CU Boulder student body, voted in the campus-wide spring elections.

In all, voters decided 26 seats Thursday.

Candidates for six seats representing the School of Arts and Sciences were decided by students enrolled in that school, and 13 seats representing the College of Engineering and Applied Science were decided by its students.

Unite handily swept the Arts and Sciences seats, preliminary results showed, with a voter turnout of 15 percent.

Four members of the Inspire ticket won Engineering seats, which saw a turnout of more than 21 percent, according to the results.

Elections Commissioner Wyatt Ryder said one person turned in a physical provisional ballot for the election, which was conducted using the same electronic ballot service CUSG employed in the last three elections.

“That is the only paper ballot I’ve gotten in my time as elections commissioner,” Ryder said. It was ruled invalid because the person was not a fee-paying student, he said.

Ryder said tri-executives and representatives-at-large typically begin their terms the week after an election is finalized.

CUSG will hold an infractions hearing of any elections complaints or contestations 3-6 p.m. next Wednesday, April 16 in Humanities 250, after which the results will be considered official.

“Since we may be seeing some infractions this time around, it may not be this next Thursday but the Thursday after that,” Ryder said.

The campus-wide representatives will take their official oaths of office on the day of spring commencement, Ryder said.

Contact CU Independent Breaking News Editor Alison Noon at Alison.noon@colorado.edu.

Alison Noon

Alison is a senior at University of Colorado Boulder studying journalism and political science. She likes to run around outdoors when there’s time.

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