With the SU elections just over a day away (voting on Wednesday and Thursday), here’s my run down on all the candidates, with the bottom lines on their platforms. Scroll to the very bottom for my one-line endorsements.
- Flashy video and good ideas:
- Less experience compared to Turner.
- Not a good reputation of service with Engineering. However, likely offset by commitment to Improv and work with University.
- I like the feedback forms and actively seeking student opinions.
- Perhaps too many ambitions (answer emails in 15 min), may give up on a number of promises.
- Some vague promises: “Online feature for student groups”
Bottom line: Best candidate for a fresh vision to the SU, but I question his experience and commitment.
- ENCS student with very little SU experience.
- Ideas for the most part seem unformed and not quite ready for primetime.
No website, putting him at a disadvantage to Craig and Kory.(h/t Denny)
- He’s sincere, but I don’t think he’s the man for the job.
Bottom line: Hahn’s not the man, but I always say kudos for running.
- The most experienced candidate.
- With AVAP experience he knows the direction the SU has been heading and can best make the incremental changes necessary to affect positive change.
- The “exec kiosks” will fail epically. No one will care.
- Perhaps a bit dull and uninspiring (website is pretty ugly).
Bottom line: If you like the direction of the past year, Turner’s a safe bet.
- I have to say he’s one of the best “joke” candidates I’ve seen in many years.
- No platform but lots of ideas.
- Wants to abolish all funding to all religious student groups since UofA is a “secular” school.
- I really want to see him in a one-on-one with Carl or Indira.
Bottom line: If you’re a jaded senior student who hasn’t been inspired by the rest of the candidates, he might just be the choice for you…
- With experience forming CBAS, Leah knows the ropes and I think she’s got the ambition.
- I hope that she will follow through on her goals to make the VPA a more visible position.
Bottom line: She’s unopposed, but I can’t think of a better candidate for the job.
- Current VPX, can jump right into continuing her portfolio.
- Perhaps hasn’t been as visible as would be nice.
- Also is a bit soft spoken and perhaps not as assertive.
Bottom line: By being an incumbent she has the best ability to continue the direction the SU’s been headed. She’s the safe vote this year.
- A good amount of experience and knowledge of the SU.
- Would be a strong advocate with government(s).
- Focus on rural Alberta may prove ineffective, but it’s also where the Tory’s power is.
Bottom line: If you think the VPX portfolio needs shaken up, Aden’s your man.
- Little to no SU experience.
- I question lines in his platform like “Never support ANY motion to raise SU fees.”
- Wants to fundraise to lower SU fees, does this mean bake sales?
Bottom line: He should run for Council, get some experience and feel out the system, then perhaps try again in 2010.
Vice-President Operations & Finance
- Although relatively unknown, he actually has a lot of experience with the LHSA, BSA, and has done the bookkeeping for both.
- Wants to see expansion in SUB, and will support PAC only if it brings student space.
Bottom line: Another unopposed race and I think he’s a good fit for the job.
Vice-President Student Life
- His speech reminded me of Kehoe with passion (and less facial hair h/t @davecournoyer)
- He has a good amount of SU experience.
- Not sure if the “street team” will fly, but it’s a neat idea.
Bottom line: He’s in this for the students, I’d say we should be behind him.
- Has a cool first name.
- Is less experienced.
- While good goals at student involvement, not sure if there’s any plans for it.
- Somewhat uninspiring.
Bottom line: I’d put this guy on Council and give him a year perhaps.
Health Plan referendum
Bottom line: This is the plan for the UofA, vote Yes.
For the uncontested races only (I fully endorse both unopposed candidates).
- President: Still undecided. If I feel like change Kory, if I feel like experience Craig, if I feel jaded Mustapha.
- VPX: Aden Murphy (Bev Eastham being a close second)
- VPSL: Nick Dehod
- Health Plan: Yes
See you at the polls!