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OSA election preview

UW Oshkosh students will be electing a new president and vice president of the Oshkosh Student Association on March 14 and 15.

UWO junior Sarah Vaught said she looks for certain qualities in a president and a vice president.

“I look for the person to be trustworthy,” Vaught said. “They put student needs and wants first before their own.”

She also said she looks for someone who has the motivation and time to be the president along with being friendly and nice.

Vaught said she wants the next vice president to be supportive of the president.

“The vice president should also be a leader and not a follower,” Vaught said. “The vice president can step up if need be.”

Vaught said she will be voting in this upcoming election as long as there is someone who shares her view point.

“I voted in the real election, why not vote in this one too?” Vaught said. “But I want to be informed when I vote.”

UWO sophomore Miranda Shanks said the ability to lead and understand others, along with the ability to make complex decisions, are characteristics she looks for in a president.

“I would like to see people who want the best and [would] work to make sure that every voice that wants to speak is heard,” Shanks said.

Shanks said a vice presidential candidate needs to get along with the president and must have the ability to guide.

“I would like to see a president and [vice president] that stand as a united front, that show respect, and have the devotion to complete tasks and help the school towards a better tomorrow,” Shanks said.

The election bylaws state, “A candidate must complete a statement of candidacy in order to be listed on the ballot.”

The election commissioner, Daniel Dennis, said the forms to run for office can be picked up at the OSA office in Reeve Union 112N and are due by Feb. 28.

According to the student body constitution, a student must have completed 24 credits at UWO and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in order to run for president or vice president.

If a student would like to run as president of OSA, the student body constitution states they may not serve as president or vice president of any other organization.

Dennis said his role as the election commissioner is to make sure campaigns and candidates follow the election bylaws.

“Campaigns should seek to be courteous, focus on issues, not the rhetoric and not make it personal,” Dennis said.

Students can vote for their new president and vice president at voting stations, on their personal computers or by phone with their student ID on March 14 or 15.

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OSA election preview