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SGA prepares for elections, opens candidate applications

SGA prepares for elections, opens candidate applications - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

FIle Photo: The 2021-2022 SGA administration poses together after the Student Government Association award ceremony in April 2021. Courtesy photo provided by Jacob Goldstein.

The Student Government Association is accepting candidate applications until April 1 for its annual elections held April 25-28. 

Brandan Salazar, director of communications for SGA, said in a March 17 interview all positions are open except president-appointed roles such as the director of communications and the director of diversity and inclusion.

Applications are open for:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Senators

 

Incumbents have to reapply, he said.

The application is available until April 1 on the SGA portal on JagSync.

SGA serves as the representative body for students of this university. The organization holds bi-monthly meetings from 3-4:30 p.m. Fridays in Room 204 Classroom Hall. The next meeting is April 1 and is open to students. 

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply and will go through an interview process if selected, Salazar said. 

The president and vice-president positions require a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Salazar said about 10 students had registered as of March 17.

Salazar said candidates can campaign April 1-25, until the polls open. He said social media is prominent for campaigning.

The polls will be open April 25 to April 28. Students will be able to cast their vote through JagSync.

Full- and part-time Texas A&M University-San Antonio students are allowed to vote. 

Poll results will be published April 29 on Jagsync and SGA’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Those elected will begin their term in the beginning of fall. 

He said diversity is important to SGA to reflect varying perspectives from the student body.

“We strive for diversity and inclusivity, no matter what,” Salazar said.

SGA holds five core values that every member should go by — equity, accountability, inclusivity, transparency and passion, he said.

For Salazar, it’s important students understand they are able to ask for changes through SGA, whether they are as simple as more lights on campus or a different food experience to more complex requests like organizational funding. 

“A big thing I always tell people is, ‘what’s SGA?’ I’m like — we are the voice of the student body,’” Salazar said. 

SGA accepts feedback through its JagSync portal or its Instagram profile, @tamusasga.

For more information, contact Salazar at bsala021@jaguar.tamu.edu.

 

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Sergio Medina is a journalism senior and editor in chief for The Mesquite at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He transferred from San Antonio College in December 2021, where he was editor for The Ranger student publication for four years. Sergio’s interest in journalism comes from a love in storytelling consisting of movies, video games, TV series, books and comic books. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Sergio aims to join the journalism ranks servicing the San Antonio community.

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