UISG expecting competitive student elections this year

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 06, 2013 5:00 AM

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The University of Iowa Student Government confirmed Peter Chalik as this year’s Student Election Board commissioner Tuesday evening, and officials expect him to have his hands full this year with competitive races.

The motion to confirm his position was met with a unanimous yes vote.

Chalik is a senior studying political science and history and has not been previously involved in UISG, but he came with several endorsements.

“Peter came highly recommended by senators, executive members, and even administration,” said John Cumming-Meininger, the Nominations Committee head. “The process was pretty easy this year.”

The Nominations Committee put an open application on OrgSync. Chalik was the only person to apply this year.

“You have to be really organized and be able to deal with a lot,” Cumming-Meininger said. “[The person has] to have a lot of time and really want to do it.”

The election commissioner is in charge of organizing voting and campaigns, including a presidential and vice-presidential debate. In addition, he or she communicates with the candidates about rules, procedures, and expectations.

“We expect a pretty contentious race this year, so my position is handling disputes or things that may arise with that,” Chalik said. “Hopefully, everybody follows the rules.”

UISG President Nic Pottebaum also noted the potential for a heated race this year.

“I think it’s going to be the most competitive race since the Go Party versus Your Party from 2009,” he said.

Chalik said he’s looking to see if there are any changes to be made to improve the process, and he would like to get to know his position a little better.

“I’m excited to get involved in the UISG election and getting into this process," he said.

— by Jonathan Solis

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