Emily Featherston, News Editor
When SGA election results were published early Tuesday morning, one position was unexpectedly vacant.
Instead of a winner for junior class president, the line read “TBD” or “To be determined.” All of the other positions were filled, except for a few races forced into run-off elections.
“There was a candidate signed up and interested who then found out they were no longer eligible to run,” Vice President for Senate and senior finance major Stephen Newton said.
The candidate, sophomore nutrition major Mary Michael Maddox, said she agreed with this statement.
Newton said that by the time it was clear that the candidate could no longer run, the deadline to sign up had already passed, leaving an empty seat after the election process was complete.
The SGA Code of Laws states that if a vacancy arises in a class officer position, the SGA president shall appoint a qualified person to fill that vacancy. That appointment, like all selected by the president, must be approved by Senate.
Since the seat will not officially be vacated until the SGA inauguration on April 28, the winner of Wednesday’s presidential run-off will make the decision.
There will also be run-off elections for sophomore class officer and public health senator positions.
Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement Janna Pennington said that 1,313 students voted in Monday’s elections, and she encouraged students to take the annual SGA survey.