UGBC Election Candidates and Referendum Announced

Three teams of candidates are running for the positions of President and Executive Vice President of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) during the 2019-2020 school year, according to an announcement by the Elections Committee. The election ballot will also include the referendum question: "Should Boston College withhold investments from the fossil fuel industry?"

The Elections Committee sent a press release to The Gavel containing the names and platforms of the following candidates.

Taylor Jackson, MCAS '21, and Alejandro Perez, MCAS '21, are running for the positions of president and EVP. Their campaign manager is Elizabeth LoPrieato, MCAS '21, and their social media manager is Kyle Rosenthal, MCAS '21.

"The three components that we hope to emphasize throughout our campaign are community, commitment and collaboration, and we plan to direct our efforts towards providing opportunities to strengthen our community as a whole," reads Jackson and Perez's platform. "We intend to start conversations that give students opportunities to share their different and equally important stories, foster connections between students and alumni, and collaborate with organizations and departments across campus with the intention of creating events that are personable, relatable and informative."

Perez is currently a member of the Student Assembly and represents the class of 2021.

The second team consists of Reid Aguilar, MCAS '22, and David Crowley, CSOM '22, as candidates for president and EVP. Their campaign manager is Matthew Owens, CSOM '22, and social media manager is Thomas Brooks, MCAS '22.

"Everyone at this school has a special potential and I will be the one that will strengthen our ability to bring out those abilities," states Aguilar and Crowley's campaign platform. "I will make Boston College a school that not only has elite academics, but a school that allows people to find their passions."

The final team includes Michael Osaghae, MCAS '20, and Tiffany Brooks, MCAS '21, as candidates for president and EVP. Their campaign manager is Kalkidan Tadesse, MCAS '21, and social media manager is Adin Henderson, MCAS '21.

"Our platform will center on increasing transparency with initiatives, developing the student experience, and improving UGBC’s engagement and communication with the student body," reads Osaghae and Brooks' platform. "As two committed and dedicated members of multiple communities on campus, we will bring a variety of experiences and ideas that we hope to actualize with the goal of improving our Boston College community."

Osaghae is currently head of the AHANA+ Leadership Council, while Brooks is a member of the Student Assembly representing Music, Arts and Performance Organizations.

The referendum question, "Should Boston College divest from the fossil fuel industry?" was approved to be added to the ballot after Climate Justice at Boston College organized the collection of more than 1,000 student signatures.

The addition of a referendum question comes after the university did not respond to a UGBC resolution urging for divestment from the fossil fuel industry last April.

Students will have the opportunity to hear a more detailed presentation of campaign platforms at the official kick-off on Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Heights Room.

Over the next week, there will be two debates, including the Diversity and Inclusion Debate on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Heights Room and the Final Debate on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Robsham Theater at 7 p.m.

Election Day is Thursday, Feb. 14.

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