Breaking: Clara Gustafson and Vail Kohnert-Yount win in record-setting election
After weeks of preparation and fourteen days of non-stop campaigning, after two debates, after one defacement, after a record-breaking 3,697 number of first-round votes were counted, and the necessary instant-runoff voting processes were completed, GUSA senators Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) have been declared the winners of the GUSA executive election.
Over 50 percent of eligible voters participated in what was perhaps the most intense GUSA elections in history. Six rounds of instant-runoff voting were required for the winning ticket to achieve 50 percent of the vote.
In the sixth round, Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount won with 1856 votes, while Murphy Kate Delaney (COL ’13) and Michael Appau (COL ’13) came in second with 1391 votes. Although every round of instant-runoff was necessary, the initial round of results indicated the strength of the Gustafson-Kohnert-Yount ticket. With 1130 first-place votes, the winning pair far outstripped the Delaney-Appau ticket, who received 714 first-place votes.
John Morris (COL ’13) and Lauren Weber (COL ’13) placed third, Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) and Maggie Cleary (COL ’14) finished fourth, Tyler Sax (COL ’13) and Michael Crouch (MSB ’13) placed narrowly behind Malkerson-Cleary in fifth, Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Sheila Walsh (COL ’14) placed sixth, and Daniel LaMagna (COL ’13) and Markel Starks (COL ’14) finished in last place. [Editor's note: complete vote tallies are available below.]
Replacing the outgoing executive team of Mike Meaney (SFS ’12) and Greg Laverriere (COL ’12), Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount will have to resign their positions in the GUSA senate in order to assume their executive positions.
Until now, the record for votes in an GUSA election was held by the 2006 referendum on the Accountability and Reform Amendment, which tallied 3,554 votes and gave GUSA wide authority over dispensing student organization funds.