521 students cast their votes in the February elections for Student Body President and Vice President. Adedire Fakorede and Tyler Post, candidates who announced their intention to run after the official nomination period, won the majority of votes as write-ins.
Only one president and vice president pair, Kiernan Majerus-Collins and Tomàs Jurgensen respectively, were named during the nomination period. 446 students opted for the write-in option, whether for Fakorede and Post or another pair of Bates students.
“Tyler and I decided to run because we thought that an uncontested election really would not accurately represent the voice, interests, or diversity of the Bates student body,” Fakorede said to The Student. “We believed that since we have a varied insight into all the different parts of what makes up the Bates experience, we would have a lot to offer by serving in these positions if we were to be elected.”
Fakorede and Post are student-athletes, on-campus employees, and members of the Bates Residence Life staff.
After all of the restructuring that took place, which consumed much of BCSG’s time and efforts, Fakorede and Post look to change the current perception of Student Government on campus. “The first pressing issue that Tyler and I want to address is establishing a great communication line and relationship between Student Government and students,” Fakorede said.
One objective of this transparency is to show students how Student Government works and disprove, as Fakorede explains, that “we do not do anything.”
Voter turnout was higher than most Senate or Committee elections, though lower than the 2014 presidential elections in which approximately 615 students voted for president, according to former BCSG Parliamentarian Allen Sumrall.
Fakorede and Post’s term officially commenced at Sunday’s meeting.