James O’Toole, Contributing Writer
In the weeks leading up to spring break, debate over Student Government elections swept over campus, resulting in the largest voter turnout in the last three years and the election of four sophomores to the Executive Council. Will Chavey was elected president, Dominic Dougherty was elected vice president, Rachel Luquette was elected secretary and Christina Davis was elected treasurer.
The election featured 12 candidates competing for the four positions and hundreds of votes cast. Students cast 529 votes in the presidential election, and an average of 470 in each of the other elections. Notably, Dominic Dougherty won his position from the Rome campus, capturing Irving voters’ minds and thoughts from 6,000 miles away.
All the candidates felt that it was rewarding to see the enthusiastic response to their promotional efforts.
“It’s inspiring to know that chalking the Mall, designing fliers, and word of mouth actually reach people beyond one’s friends,” Dougherty said.
President-elect Will Chavey attributed much of his success to all the students who aided his campaign, saying that his victory was “owed entirely to those efforts: making flyers, going door to door with me, speech writing, and more.” Nonetheless, Chavey admitted that he was nervous about the results and unsure of how the voters would cast their ballots.
“When I got the phone call, I didn’t know if [the call] was to tell me if I won or if I lost,” Chavey said.
Acting SG President Renee Davis was impressed with the candidates’ energy and effort.
“It was wonderful to see such talented students aspiring to Executive Council leadership,” Davis said. “Both the Student Government and the University of Dallas will surely profit from the leadership of such exceptional individuals.”
Current Vice President Patrick Brehany was eager to encourage the newly elected officials to continue to be “thoughtful and innovative” in their efforts to “engage and serve the student body.”
Ultimately, the new officials were encouraged to stay in “constant communication back and forth with students, faculty, and administration over the course of the year,” according to acting Secretary Akiko Bremar.
With a desire to serve the UD community, Chavey summed up the feelings of the elected officials.
“Leadership is servile,” Chavey said.
Chavey hopes that the Student Government focuses and works as a team in the upcoming semester to “work with the administration to target some bigger issues and develop more on-campus programs that will help UD students showcase their qualifications.”