On Sunday, Georgetown University Student Association Calen Angert (MSB ’11) and Jason Kluger (MSB ’11) announced to the GUSA Senate that they planned to run for reelection in the presidential election on February 23.
In an interview with Vox, Angert said that they had been considering whether or not they would run again for some time now.
“We’ve been asked a lot whether or not we were gonna run again, but before we decided, we wanted to make sure that we had value added we could give, things that could continue to be improved upon, very real achievable goals,” he said.
Angert explained that he and Kluger will be running on an agenda platform that promises to achieve specific goals, one which they will reveal in more detail once campaigning actually begins. Their agenda will focus on improving student safety, campus and social life, and student space.
“I’m a huge fan of the word agenda as opposed to platform. People should expect a GUSA candidate to deliver on all of the items they’re running on,” Kluger said.
Without giving away what he and Kluger will be specifically promising—they said they would be exploring what they can realistically promise over the next week—Angert said that their agenda would probably include new initiatives to improve student safety and a push for more and better student space.
“[Student space] is really in need of improvement. There are tons of issues with student space. Everything can circle back to whether you’re looking at funding, allotment, there’s just a huge list of issues that the category could entail,” he said.
Angert and Kluger said they were pleased with the breadth of their accomplishments this year, citing their successful efforts to expand the GUSA Summer Fellows program, “save the student readership program,” hire student drivers for Safe Rides vans, and create the GUSA Fund.
Angert’s tenure has not been without controversy, of course. In May, GUSA senators were dismayed to find that several of Angert’s staff members were also Senators who were members of the FinAp Committee. Around the same time, some accused him of stalling out the budget approval process so he could get money for the GUSA Fund.
Do they think they’ll win reelection?
“We hope so,” Kluger said. Referring to the two weeks of GUSA campaigning, which kick off on February 9, and perhaps to last year’s election debacle, he added, “In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to go through those two weeks again.”
“I just hope students can see what we’ve accomplished and will vote for us again,” Angert said.
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