Breaking: Nate Tisa and Adam Ramadan win GUSA executive election
In a nailbiter of an election, with 3733 votes cast, Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) have been declared the winners of the 2013 GUSA executive election.
Jack Appelbaum (COL ’14) and Maggie Cleary (COL ’14) placed ahead in the first three rounds of instant runoff voting. In the the third round, Appelbaum and Cleary were only ahead of Tisa/Ramadan by 19 votes. The voters of third-place finishers Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (SFS ’14) and Joe Vandegriff (COL ’14) broke for Tisa/Ramadan 58 percent to 42 percent, placing Tisa/Ramadan ahead in the fourth round by 92 votes.
That Corbin-Johnson/Vandegriff voters decided the election in the end is significant because their campaign initially said they would put Appelbaum/Cleary second on their ballots. They revoked that recommendation after immediately after Jack Appelbaum’s membership in the Stewards came to light. Later, they backtracked and told their supporters to vote based on their own consciences.
The results are notable because the candidates who placed first in the first round did not win the general election. The disparity between first place votes and second place votes implies divisiveness in an election which was notable for strange reasons.
In the final round of instant-runoff voting, Tisa and Ramadan won with 51.3 percent of the vote to Appelbaum/Cleary’s 48.6 percent of the vote—a result as close as the 2012 United States Presidential election (2.8 percent popular vote difference).
Spencer Walsh (MSB ’14) and Robert Silverstein (SFS ’14) placed fourth in the pack, and Cannon Warren (SFS ’14) and Andrew Logerfo (COL ’14) came in fifth.
Chicken Madness received 42 first-place votes.
The candidates were ecstatic given their come-from-behind victory. “We could not have accomplished this without you. And because of this, Georgetown is going to be a better place. We’re going to be making a lot of positive change, and it’s going to be awesome,” Tisa said upon hearing of his victory.
Ramadan thanked supporters for their dedication and before they proceeded to celebrate their success at the polls. “We’ve said all this before, but we love this place and I am so proud and honored to have gotten to know the people in this room,” Ramadan said. “I am never, ever going to forget this.”
Tisa will be the first openly gay man elected student body president of Georgetown University and the second openly gay student president of a Jesuit University in the United States.
Tisa and Ramadan will replace outgoing GUSA executives Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) and will be inaugurated after spring break. Tisa’s Village A GUSA seat will be filled in a special election some time after spring break.
Additional reporting by Julia Jester
Photo: Julia Jester/Georgetown Voice