SGA president, vice president candidates announced

SGA  president, vice president candidates  announced

Nicole Caporaso

The three pairs of candidates for the 2014-15 Student Government Association president and vice president race were announced Monday.

Adam Ezell, a junior political science major, is running for president with Patrick Sullivan, a sophomore public relations major, as his vice presidential candidate.

Ezell is the current SGA Chief of Staff and served as SGA’s director of governmental operations last year. Sullivan is a senator representing off-campus students.

Another ticket is Matt Norman, a junior accounting major, for president and Nicholas Smith, a senior political science major, for vice president.

Both Norman and Smith serve as senators for the Interfraternity Council and Lovill Hall, respectively.

The last running pair is Carson Rich, a sophomore advertising major, and Daniel Tassitino, a sophomore international business major.

Rich is the current director of sustainability for SGA.

The president must be at least a junior in standing at the time of inauguration and must have at least a 2.5 GPA at the time of declaration and throughout his or her term. They must also have attended Appalachian State University the previous fall and spring semesters, according to the candidate declaration packet. The qualifications are the same for the vice president.

The process of campaigning will begin Feb. 25 and a debate will be held March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Linville Falls room of Plemmons Student Union, said Marissa Pannell, the SGA Director of Elections.

Students can vote beginning March 19 through March 26. The winners of the election will be announced at 5:01 p.m. March 26, Pannell said.

To win the election, a candidate must receive 50 percent of the votes, plus one vote. In the event of a run-off election, there will be a second series of voting that will conclude with the president and vice president being announced April 3, according to the packet.

Story: Nicole Caporaso, News Reporter