With 35 candidates running, the undergraduate student body elected 10 new senators to serve a full term on the Associated Students of New Mexico Senate, and one to serve a half-term.
All three slates — Unity, Clear and InvolveU — were represented among the victors. Five came from Unity, four from Clear and one from InvolveU.
The candidate with the most votes in the election was Emilynn Wilks from the Unity slate with 472 votes. The only returning senator will be Theo Pirone-Aufrichtig, also from Unity.
Pirone-Aufrichtig won re-election with 332 votes. He said he plans to keep the new ASUNM president and vice president accountable to the platforms they ran on earlier this semester.
“I look forward to working with (president-elect) Noah (Brooks) and (vice president-elect) Sally (Midani) in Senate and holding them accountable to what they promised the student body,” said Pirone-Aufrichtig. “I want to continue their initiatives, reach out to more student organizations and bring better speakers to the student body.”
ASUNM Senator Theo Pirone-Aufrichtig embraces a friend after learning the 2017 ASUNM Senate Election results.
Along with Wilks and Pirone-Aufrichtig, Becka Myers, Derrek Sena and Jordan Montoya were elected ASUNM Senate from the Unity slate.
Maddie Stackweather, of the Clear team, said she wants to use her Senate seat to encourage the University to move towards being more environmentally-friendly, starting with recycling and waste disposal.
“I want to take steps into making UNM an eco-friendly campus. Small steps add up to large change,” Stackweather said. “I’m into upping the recycling at UNM, getting rid of styrofoam and possibly starting a composting program. I want to bring UNM together, have everyone understand how to dispose of waste properly and have the University leave less of a footprint.”
From Clear, along with Stackwater, Brandon Weis, Jack Hodge were all elected for a full term with Emily Hartshorn elected to serve one semester with 320 votes.
InvolveU had one candidate from their slate elected, Pachely Mendivil of InvolveU won a seat with 368 votes.
Mendivil wants to bring initiatives from his slate with him as a senator in working to evolve the UNM campus, making it safer for students and faculty.
“I want to work toward revamping LoboAlerts, making sure it’s more efficient and the messages go out to the students a lot quicker making sure the students are safe,” Mendivil said. “We also wanted to install cameras into the blue polls that will record whenever the button is pushed so student feel safer knowing there is extra protection for them.”
Denicia Aragon is a staff reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @deniciaaragon98.