Revolution Party sweeps elections
Mar 03, 2013 (The Dominion Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
In last week's Student Government Association (SGA) elections, Ryan Campione was elected as president, while Ben Seebaugh was elected as vice president. The two were the leaders of the Revolution Party that swept the election, winning every seat on the SGA's Board of Governors and Athletic Council.
"It's crazy. It feels amazing," Campione said moments after the results were announced.
Seebaugh said it felt incredible knowing they won, but it also felt like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.
The Truman Scholar is studying in Manchester, England this semester. But, he returned to the Morgantown campus last week for the debate and the election. Seebaugh said it was definitely worth it to make the return trip.
The Revolution Party defeated THE Party in the election. Christian Guy was also running for president and Andrea Mucino for vice president.
Campione and Seebaugh received 2,543 votes to Guy and Mucino's 1,679.
Campione said they couldn't have won without the help of a lot of other people. He said the issues they ran on were a sleeping giant on campus and he felt that students agreed with them.
The Revolution Party's platform included making SGA more transparent by posting its budget online, and to get more students involved, not just in SGA, but in committee and decisions.
The third is to work with the faculty to help students in stressful times, such as a death in the family or hospitalization, Campione said. They want the educators to meet the student halfway to find solutions to missed class time, so students don't feel they miss the entire semester.
This year's election was a bit different than in years past. Students had visited designated voting sites to cast ballots instead of voting online. Monongalia County Clerk Carye Blaney provided assistance, allowing SGA to use county voting machines and helping tabulate the totals on election night.
In total, 4,289 votes were cast, or 15.41 percent of the student population. Last year, only roughly 10 percent of students voted.
After some students were able to use the county voting machines, Campione said they told him about how it changed opinions and lifted some of the voting apathy that they had.
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