All Candidate Statements


Ramiro Espinoza

VP for Activities

Tino Quiroga

My name is Tino Quiroga. I am running for VP for Activities. I became interested in this position because of my involvement at Western. I want to focus next year on:
• The enhancement of student leadership skills by providing the opportunity to learn leadership practices in formal settings.
• Promote the development of the whole student by championing campus recourses aimed at helping students achieve their initial goals at Western.
• Strengthening networks between campus affiliates and AS organizations to further encompass our university’s mission into all of our student groups.
As quoted by Mahatma Gandhi, were instructed to “be the change we wish to see in the world. I encourage you all to take a stand and vote for me so this vision may be achieved.

Aaron Garcia

Nate Panelo laid an accomplished foundation for the Associated Students and activities. We must build on that foundation while moving toward the future. My goal is to take Western Washington University to the next level therefore, I am announcing my candidacy's for A.S. Vice President for Activities. My plans include: enhancing the extra-curricular activities on campus making everyone feel welcome including faculty and staff, continuing the ACE leadership conference and making one of the cornerstone events of this University, and although it isn't directly connected to Activities I hope to work with the Board of Directors and Parking and Transportation Services to install cameras in our parking lots for increased safety. So remember On April 25th remember to Vote Aaron Garcia V.P. For Activities.

VP for Business & Operations

Virgilio Cintron

Experience is something I have acquired while working in many different
capacities within the Associated Students. Some issues I would like to
address include:

-Working with University Dining to ensure that food on our campus is as
affordable as possible without sacrificing quality and sustainability.
-Assess and make any necessary changes to AS programs so they have the
necessary tools to be able to serve students effectively.
-Make more student involvement a priority in creating an effective student
life here at Western.

As Jamie Paolinetti states “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we
use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” My name is
Virgilio Cintron and I hope you consider me for VP for Business and

VP for Academics

Ben Murphy

Leadership is something that I’ve been involved in for the majority of my life; improving the community and environment around me using life long skills and continually learning about whom I am personally. Currently I hold the position of President of Kappa Hall Council. I see the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs as yet another step in my journey to reach out and lead. I would like to focus on increasing blackboard or website usage among Faculty to 100%, work with the Faculty and the Bookstore to increase the lifetime of textbooks, and the University to expand the range of offerings of GURs each quarter. Feel free to say hey if you see me around campus, as I love to meet new people.

VP for Legislative Affairs

Erik Lowe

My name is Erik Lowe, and I would like to become your new VP for Legislative Affairs. I am a sophomore, double majoring in history and political science, and have lobbied in Olympia with both the ACLU and Western's Associated Students. As Vice President of the Western Democrats and a member of the Legislative Affairs Council, I have firsthand knowledge of the obstacles facing Western students. Rising tuition prices and minimal financial aid are direct threats to a student's ability to receive an exceptional education. If elected, I pledge to work hard to persuade legislators at the state and federal level of the need for strengthened education spending. This spending would increase quality while maintaining tuition rates, thereby improving accessibility. Thank you for your support.

VP for Campus and Community Affairs

Devin Branson

My name is Devin Branson, and I am a History and Political Science double major. I have been involved in the AS since my freshman year, serving on the AS Transportation Advisory Committee and representing Western students at meetings with the Whatcom Transportation Authority. One of the main focuses of this committee during the time which I served has been the development of a transportation initiative. If elected to the AS Board, I would continue to work towards creating real transportation solutions for all of Western’s students while maintaining a commitment to sustainability. Additionally, I would work to strengthen ties and communication between the AS, RHA, student clubs, and all other students to ensure that all voices are heard.

Nina Lau

I’m dynamic, energetic & work best when I’m busy, which is why I’m running for VP for Campus & Community Affairs. My interest in running for office lies in the fact that I’ll be able to dive into campus culture & work from Western’s very core.
If elected, my focuses will be:
Incorporating Guest passes for the Student Recreation Center onto our Western cards.
Providing more opportunities for students to connect with other students, professors, administrators and other service staff.
Establishing and raising awareness about what you could specifically do in the AS even if it’s not a board position.
Lincoln said, “It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. So vote Nina Lau to improve student life!