Student council election campaigning to begin April 26

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Andrew Burke-Stevenson

Student council election campaigning begins April 26 until April 30. All-school president Omar Siddiqui recommended that students competing in the election reach out to clubs and affinity groups to ask what problems they see. “I think oftentimes candidates get really caught up with saying their ideas, but the important part of being a candidate is sitting and listening,” Omar said.

Nicky Edwards-Levin, Editor-In-Chief

Student Council elections are underway in a historic situation of hybrid learning with campaigning beginning April 26 and lasting until April 30, when students will cast their votes and elect a new slate of Student Council officers.

According to a letter sent to prospective Student Council candidates, students must obtain a certain number of signatures varying on position and fill out short free response questions on a virtual petition by April 22 to be considered for candidacy.

Because not all students are on campus during hybrid learning, candidates will participate in a Zoom forum April 28 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Questions will be shared with candidates in advance, and each candidate will have an equal amount of time to answer, depending on the question. A recording will be posted on the Student Council website and on Schoology immediately after the event.

Even though many students may not have met many of the candidates in the past year, Omar said it’s still important to vote for your officers.

“I would strongly encourage everyone to vote even if they aren’t familiar with the candidates personally,” Omar said. “In fact, voting for people based on their ideas and not your personal relationship is what we want.”

Voting will take place April 30 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m via the Student Council website. Write-in candidates will be allowed, with the usual exception that any campaigning must be approved by Dean of Students Ana Campos. Results will be posted between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.