Evan Marczynski/The AS Review

Election week is over, but before we know who will fill some of the positions on next year’s Associated Students Board of Directors, including the AS president, we’re going to have to vote again. The races for three board spots were so close that none of the candidates running for those positions gained enough votes to win outright.

AS election rules state that a candidate must have at least one third of the votes cast to be declared a winner and avoid a run-off election. Last week, the final vote tallies for the positions of AS president, vice president for activities and vice president for student life showed that no candidate was able to reach that threshold.

In the races that were decided: Travis Peters has been elected vice president for business and operations, Iris Maute-Gibson is the new vice president for governmental affairs, John Deng Duot won the race for the vice president for diversity and Fabiola Arvizu won for the vice president for academic affairs.

The run-off election for the three yet-to-be-decided races will start Monday, May 9 and end at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Students can vote using the same ways as last week’s general election, either through their myWestern account or by visiting wwu.edu/vote.

The only initiative on the ballot, which asked students if the housing listings in the off-campus housing registry should be required to include information about a particular housing unit’s weatherization and heating costs, passed by a wide margin.

Voter turnout increased from last year’s elections, and was at its highest level since 1993. Out of 13,167 eligible voters on campus, 3,850 voters cast ballots.


The run-off elections start May 9. Voting will be open until 2 p.m. Friday, May 13. Vote by logging in to your myWestern account or visit wwu.edu/vote. Interviews with all candidates are available at asreview-media.as.wwu.edu.