Brian & Alex, Cait & Jarell announce candidacy for UCF presidency
UCF will soon usher in a new student body president and vice president, and today two candidates emerged from the 60,000 students enrolled at the university.
Under the slogan "A new day. A new Knight," Brian Zagrocki and Alexandria Bennett have announced they will run for student body president and vice president, respectively.
The duo has taken to social media to spearhead their campaign, creating Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts.
"Join us in strengthening relations between SGA and our UCF student body. Vote a new kind of SGA Prez and VP March 30 to April 1, 2015 on myucf.edu," the Facebook states.
Additionally, SGA Speaker of the Senate Cait Zona has announced that she will run for student body president with Jarell Jones, who is running for vice president.
On the candidates' official campaign Twitter, the duo posted "We are so excited to announce our candidacy for Student Body President and VP!" Zona and Jones will be running under the slogan "Unleash your Legacy."
After collecting the requisite 500 signatures, potential leaders must have his or her candidacy signed and endorsed by the Senate secretary — a process that takes place from March 2 to March 5.
A presidential debate will be held on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom, and the final step is the election itself, which is held March 30 through April 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The candidates who collect the majority of votes — defined by the election statutes as 50 percent plus one — during this period are elected as the new SGA president and vice president, who occupy terms lasting one year.
If no candidate achieves a majority vote, a runoff election is held the week following the posting of the election votes between the two candidates who received the most votes.
These will be the first presidential elections in which handing out free food and similar items is prohibited during campaigning. Instead of slices of pizza, students campaigning will only be allowed to hand out business cards, fliers and other promotional items.
Caroline Glenn is the News Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @byCarolineGlenn or email her at CarolineG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.