Student government candidates participate in debate ahead of election

 

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SGA Chief Justice Joshua LaFavor, left, and Justice Jessica Krueger take a lead role in the SGA debates. (photo by Kashalah Robinson)

By Kashalah Robinson | Contributor

Election season is in full swing at Augusta University (AU). From Meet the Candidates events at Takeover Tuesday to the bulletin boards filled with campaign flyers, the signs of election season are everywhere.

Campaigning ended March 23, and elections are open until Wednesday, March 28, when results will be revealed in the evening.

The final event in the campaigning was the Debates, a time for all candidates to have the platform to express their views about AU and all its entities.

The debate was headed by Chief Justice Joshua LaFavor and Justice Jessica Krueger. Each candidate had time to answer pre-submitted questions from the student body.

The first question of the night was “what’s your most and least favorite thing about Augusta University?” The answers varied as follows.

“The plethora of organizations at Augusta University,” said Brooklyn Doggett, Allied Health senator candidate, regarding what she likes most. “But I dislike the attendance rates at the events put on by the student organizations.”

Tori Walker, vice president candidate, said she liked the diversity in education at Augusta, but she disliked the separation between the colleges.

The next question concerned the greatest challenge facing AU. Davon Hill, secretary candidate, said there are no 24-hour, on-campus buildings where students can study.

“The biggest challenge moving forward facing Augusta University is establishing a culture for ourselves,” said LeDarrius Scott, presidential candidate. “We’re essentially a new university. We have to find a way to express we are a research university, while establishing a pride in being a Jaguar.”

Questions were also related to specific inquiries, such as “Do you feel the college of education has a strong relationship with local schools in the area?”, directed towards Joaquin Esquivel, College of Education senator candidate.

“Most definitely,” Esquivel said. “We’re connected to all schools in Columbia County and most in Richmond County. Most of the schools in those counties are AU partners, which allows a close connection with the teachers there by working with our advisors and allowing us to build relationships.”

The debate ended with the candidates giving their closing statements.

Voting opened on March 26.

Contact Kashalah Robinson at kasrobinson@augusta.edu

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