Lone candidate for SGA president remains

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First-year environmental science student Ryan Kimis the sole candidate for the Student Government Association presidency.

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A first-year environmental science student is likely to be the next Student Government Association president.

Ryan Kim, the SGA’s vice president of events and initiative, is the only student running for the position. Competitor Jacob Dear, a first-year intelligence analytics student, withdrew from the race on Friday.

Traditionally, when a single candidate runs for SGA president, the college does not hold an election.

But SGA President Mitchell Santos, who will graduate in May, said SGA might decide to hold an election to allow students to either vote for Kim or the write-in candidate of their choice.

I may or may not choose to move forward … with a write-in vote,” Santos said. “There’s nothing in [the SGA] constitution that requires the right to vote.” 

Still, students will vote for other SGA officers, Santos said. Online voting is scheduled for April 6 through April 10 at nest.aacc.edu.

Kim said he plans to connect students with the school, allowing them to voice any issues they have.

Ryan Kim says if he wins he hopes to make the campus more environmentally friendly.

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Ryan Kim says if he wins he hopes to make the campus more environmentally friendly.

His goals for his presidency include “being a better connection between the students and the school. … So we want to create something that will let students easily explain any problems [they have regarding the college].” 

Kim said he hopes to help make the campus more environmentally conscious.  

“I’m really passionate about the environment,” Kim said. “I want to try and be more environmentally friendly [and] do some environmental projects.” 

Santos said the president’s’ job is to run weekly SGA meetings, attend meetings with college administrators and report to AACC’s Board of Trustees. 

Others on the ballot are Mari Cruz, who is running for the SGA position of executive vice president; Yen Truong for vice president of finance; Victory Ho for vice president of public relations; and Calvin Marzouk for vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Because the college has canceled classes until April 6 as a coronavirus precaution, Campus Current has called off a candidates’ debate it had planned to host on March 31 on campus.

Likewise, Santos has canceled SGA’s weekly, on-campus meetings indefinitely. He said the club might hold “virtual meetings or email updates … or group chat updates” instead.

Santos said the coronavirus outbreak also has put the club’s monthly General Forum meetings, which include leaders of student clubs, on hold. The college has placed a moratorium on all on-campus club events through April. 

Santos said the SGA might livestream General Forum meetings.