SGA candidate withdraws from president’s race


Elizabeth Spearman, Campus Life Editor

One of the two candidates for the office of Student Government Association president dropped out of the race Tuesday, assuring the remaining contender the top spot.

Johnathan O’Dea, president of the campus Gay-Straight Alliance and the SGA’s non-traditional student liaison, will be the 2017-2018 SGA president, pending confirmation by the SGA Advisory Council on May 1.

Candidate Emily Dreszer, this year’s SGA secretary, withdrew from the race Tuesday.

Dreszer’s withdrawal means the campus will not hold its scheduled elections next week. Campus Current had planned to host a candidate debate on April 20. That also is canceled.

O’Dea’s platform is student advocacy. He told Campus Current he “feel[s] like [the SGA has] lost our path in the last year or so.”

He added: “Next year, my work will be towards gearing the SGA and all of our senators towards finding out what the student concerns are and working towards fixing them.”