Evan Marczynski/The AS Review
Anna Ellermeier has been elected as the next Associated Students president. Ellermeier defeated current AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs Byron Starkey in the run-off after neither candidate was able to gain enough of the vote-share in the general election to win. Ellermeier won with 58 percent of the votes cast by students.
“I’m honored to be elected, and I’m looking forward to getting straight to work so I can dive right in when my term starts in the summer,” Ellermeier said after the results were announced last week. “I want to get right to work with the things that we talked about in the campaign.”
Sara Richards won the run-off with Victor Celis for the vice president for student life position. Richards won 56 percent of the vote.
In addition, Mario Orallo-Molinaro won the run-off for vice president for activities, defeating his opponent, Ben Neyman, with 53 percent of the vote.
The run-off was necessary this year in three of the seven races for the AS Board of Directors, due to the fact that none of the candidates in any of those races managed to gain enough votes to win outright. Election rules require candidates to win at least one-third of all votes cast to be elected. If no candidates gain reach that threshold, a run-off is held between the two candidates with the most votes.
Now that the elections for each position in the 2011-2012 board of directors have been decided, the current board must ratify the results before they are official.
Ellermeier said she is excited to work with current AS President Colin Watrin and the rest of the current board members during the upcoming transition process. She added that she is also looking forward to working with the other student leaders who won their races in this year’s election.
“Students have elected an outstanding group of vice presidents,” Ellermeier said. “I am excited to begin working together as a team.”
Voter turnout for the general election from April 25-29 was at the highest level in 18 years. Around 29 percent of Westen students cast ballots.