SGA elections set for April 5 online

NEW ORLEANS (March 31, 2017) — Elections for new Student Government Association officers and the court is set to be held online next Wednesday, April 5, according to President Tevon Blair, who is unopposed for a second term.

Courtney Williams, director of student engagement and leadership, said no runoff elections will be held this year, so some candidates could win with a plurality rather than a majority vote.

Blair said the vote is tentatively set for online, pending the outcome of a test run of the process.

Destinee Ross was on the ballot to oppose Blair, but she did not attend the speeches and debates Thursday night, a requirement for her candidacy, Blair said.

Four other positions are being filled by unopposed candidates, including: Joseph Caldwell, SGA vice president; Madison Torry, junior class vice president; Akheem Dowl, junior class gentleman; and Brianna Thomas, sophomore class attendant.

Three people are seeking to become 2017-18 Miss Dillard: Sydney Jack, Amanda Newsome and Malaysha Seals.

Two candidates seek the office of Mr. Dillard: Kyle Reiss and William Thompson.

Candidates for other SGA offices include:

  • SGA treasurer: Kahlia Columbus and Taj Odem.
  • SGA parliamentarian: Leah Erby and Alyssa White.
  • Senior class president: Haley James and Dominique Nash.
  • Sophomore president: Sidney Benson and John Lawson II.
  • Sophomore vice president: Erienne Lewis and Nia Randolph.
  • Sophomore secretary: Kayla Hicks and Bria Jones.

Candidates for other court positions include:

  • Senior attendant: Faith Flugence, Kimberly Greenwood, Kenya Moore and Victoria Whiteside.
  • Junior attendant: Kristiana Coleman, Daralyn Fulton, Alexis Granville and Keadria Miller.
  • Sophomore class gentleman: Jomorion Mitchell and Todd Welch.

Blair said no one is running for on- and off-campus representatives because the new constitution eliminated the positions.

Nominations for the 2017-2018 SGA positions were accepted March 16.

To be considered eligible for an SGA elected office, a candidate must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average. To be considered eligible for class council, the candidate must have at least a 2.75, have no judicial hearings and meet community service hours for specific to each class.

Freshman class elections are held in the fall.

(Alexis D. Granville contributed to this report.)