It’s been a busy two weeks on campus with BUSU executive and Board of Directors campaigning and elections taking place. South block has been full of booths, flyers and hopeful candidates, who are all able to finally ease their nerves as the climactic results of their labour and dedication are revealed.
Students had the chance to cast their vote from Feb. 10 to 12 on who would make up the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) executive team for 2015/2016, as well as the student representatives who would sit on the Board for both one and two year terms.
Chief Returning Officer (CRO) Jimmy Norman announced the elections results in Isaac’s Bar and Grill on Feb. 12, shortly after polling closed at 9:00 p.m.
The following results reveal the new BUSU executives, Board members and the voting turn out for this year’s election:
Voter turnout: A record-breaking 5,160 votes were cast (28.4 per cent of students)
Kyle Rose (elected) – 71.28 per cent
Calvin Eady – 24.05 per cent
Total votes: 5,126
Vice-president, External Affairs (VPEA)
Antonio Sergi (elected) – 35.94 per cent
Karam Tawfiq – 31.66 per cent
Erin Kelly – 24.75 per cent
Total votes: 5,003
Vice-president, Finance and Administration (VPFA)
Spencer Dawson (elected) – 65.9 per cent
Stephen Tulloch – 25.33 per cent
Total votes: 4,950
Vice-president, Student Services (VPSS)
Brian Horvath (elected) – 31.28 per cent
Jad Nasser – 19.87 per cent
Talia Yousef – 18.42 per cent
Istafa Sufi – 14.58 per cent
Jordan Gayle – 13.33 per cent
Total votes: 5,108
Board of Directors (One-year term)
Kelsey Craig (elected) – 37.88 per cent
Olivier Kayitaba – 30.39 per cent
Aidan Hibma – 28.23 per cent
Matt Campbell – 19.49 per cent
Total votes: 4,860
Board of Directors (Two-year term)
Geraldine Rieger (elected) – 76.41 per cent
Total votes: 4,812
The Brock Press caught up with a few of the candidates following Norman’s announcement, including Kelsey Craig, Spencer Dawson, Karam Tawfiq and Kyle Rose.
“It’s amazing to me that I won. It was such a hard process and at times I doubted myself but it’s really about my team because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have made it this far,” said Craig. “I’m very proud of all of the candidates because I know how hard it is to run but I’m happy for every person that ran.”
“After so much work, time and effort that I put into the whole process, I’m ecstatic to know that people believe in what I want to bring to Brock. I can’t wait to get started in making progress. I just want to make a positive influence within the student body,” said Dawson.
“I’ve learned and grown so much from this experience. I’ve met many new people and the interactions with them were phenomenal,” said Tawfiq. “It was fun. My opponents did an amazing job and I love them. They kept me on my feet during the race. I wish Sergi the best of luck and thank you for a great race.”
“The whole experience was humbling. Eady brought skills and perspectives to the table that differ from mine and at the end of it all, we both told each other that no matter what happens, BUSU is headed in the right direction. We both ran a clean campaign. I’m really excited that we broke record tonight and I am looking forward into continuing on to next year,” said Rose.
For more information about the elections results, visit busu.net/representation/elections-and-referendums/elections-archive/2014-15-february-executive-election-results. See the February 24th issue of The Brock Press for additional post-elections coverage.