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Meet the new president of UISG

BY ANNA THEODOSIS | APRIL 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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Nic Pottebaum was confident.

The future University of Iowa Student Government president knew that he could win the coveted spot in UISG's annual elections, held from March 26 to April 6.

"Obviously, there was a chance of losing, but that didn't sway me [to not run]," he said.

When Pottebaum heard his name announced as the winning presidential elect in this year's UISG elections amid the cheering of their supporters, the first thing he did was turn to his vice-presidential counterpart, Jessie Tobin, and say, "We did it."

Pottebaum always wanted to get into politics. UISG was his springboard.

"I was fortunate enough to get selected as a freshman senator," he said. "I recognized that I had a lot of political interest and an interest to serve my university."

Pottebaum said that he's ready to take on the task of being student government president and adequately represent the undergraduate population.

"I believe that I can step in on day one and make sure that these things [on our platform] come through to benefit students," he said. "The role that I played as speaker gave me a lot of experience. It takes someone who's been a part of the process to ensure that these ideas come to fruition."

Current UISG President Elliot Higgins is confident in Pottebaum's ability to take over the role as president in the upcoming term.

"Nic's most redeeming quality is his work ethic," Higgins said. "This year, he's been the hardest-working member in student government, and I foresee him continuing that. He's going to do a wonderful job."

Tobin says that she is excited to get to work with Pottebaum.

"Nic is an extraordinary leader," she said. "He's the most driven and motivated person I know. He's made things happen that people haven't been able to make happen in the past two years. He's great, I can't say enough about him."

Pottebaum said that he believes he and Tobin will make a great duo as president and vice president.

"Jessie and I had worked collaboratively this year on student government," he said. "Our personalities are a little different; we balance each other out in that aspect. But we have the same work ethic."

Pottebaum said that the ability he and Tobin have to work together will make for a successful year.

"We need each other to work independently as well as collaboratively," he said. "We felt that we could be the most effective working together."

Being able to be innovative is one of the best things that a person can take away from student government, Pottebaum said.

"Being able to seek out questions that haven't been asked and find answers [is one of my favorite things]," he said. "That cultivation of doing something brand-new and fresh."

As for the future, Pottebaum plans to continue his work in legislative matters.

"I'm currently looking possibly after graduating to pursue a master's in foreign policy," he said. "I would like to work on a campaign. I hope to see myself ending up in some kind of elected office advising or working closely with an elected official."


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