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Fall SGA Elections

Texas A&Ms Student Government Association held an open forum on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. to discuss the MGT Consulting report. 
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Texas A&M’s Student Government Association held an open forum on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. to discuss the MGT Consulting report. 

The Fall 2022 Student Body Elections for the Student Government Association, or  SGA, will be held from Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. to Sept. 30 at 12 p.m. Online voting will be available to students via the election website at vote.tamu.edu. 

According to the SGA Election Commission, the vacant student government positions are as follows:

Freshman Class President

College of Education and Human Development, 1 senator

College of Engineering, 2 senators

College of Arts & Sciences – Liberal Arts Caucus, 2 senators

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 1 senator

College of Arts & Sciences – Geosciences Caucus, 1 senator

On-Campus Residencies, 2 senators

Off-Campus Residencies, 7 senators

Freshman Caucus, 2 senators

While the online election is active, students will be able to vote for candidates. According to the SGA Election Commission website, unofficial results will be announced at the 12th Man Statue on Sept. 30, no earlier than 7 p.m. The official certified results will be announced approximately one day after voting ends, according to the Texas A&M Online Student Elections platform.

The SGA Election Commission has released the Candidates Guide, a comprehensive list of all of the candidates for the positions. Each candidate is pictured with a bullet-point list of their campaign platforms, along with a brief introduction. The Fall 2022 Candidates Guide is available online on the Election Commission’s website.

According to the SGA’s mission statement, they are committed to serving A&M by “representing student opinion, addressing campus needs through targeted programs and maintenance of tradition, and providing opportunities for leadership development in order to enrich the quality of student life.”  

However, the student body elections have had historically low voter turnout. According to the Fall 2021 Election results, only 2,195 ballots were cast. 

Freshman Caucus candidate James Riley Pritzlaff is campaigning to represent the freshman class in the Student Senate. In an interview, Pritzlaff said he wants to represent the ideas, needs and desires of freshmen to make meaningful change in the Student Senate.

“We want voter turnout to be as high as possible. Democracy doesn’t work if we don’t have people voting,” Pritzlaff said. “The higher the turnout, the more reflective of what it’s going to be of the needs and wants of the people voting. Right now, we have very low satisfaction.” 

Pritzlaff encouraged all students to vote while the election is active. 

“Having more people vote, higher participation, higher engagement is going to hold lawmakers accountable,” Pritzlaff said. “If you [don’t] vote, you have less say in that. Make your voice heard. Having that engagement is hugely important in a democracy.”

Freshman Class President and Off-Campus Caucus candidate Manan Khandelwal is campaigning to build class unity in a way that has never been seen before. Khandelwal wants to unite the study body. He said that on such a big campus, it can be hard to find your place. 

However, Khandelwal said that voter turnout is low, and he was interested in trying to increase turnout.

“My main focus is to get them to vote in the first place and focus on campaigning for myself later. We don’t have a lot of students who vote,” Khandelwal said. “I want to focus on increasing the voter turnout so we have as many opinions as possible. Not just for me, but for any candidate.”

Khandelwal encouraged students to research the candidates and their platforms before the election opens. He said that all students should make educated decisions while voting. 

“If one candidate is promising something that seems unrealistic, don’t go for it,” Khandelwal said. “With such a small voter turnout, every single vote matters. It really matters for every single student to make a decision for themselves and what they want [their representative] to stand for and serve them.”

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Ana Renfroe
Ana Renfroe, Head News Editor
Ana Renfroe, Class of 2025, is a journalism junior with a minor in professional writing from Bryan, Texas. Ana has served as The Battalion's head news editor from May 2023 to May 2024. Previously, she was the assistant news editor for the spring 2023 semester. Ana has covered breaking news, politics, and more. She typically covered the Texas A&M System and university administration, Texas and Bryan-College Station politics, student government and more. Ana previously hosted and produced episodes of The Batt Signal, The Battalion's news podcast. Additionally, she was a copyeditor and feature writer for Maroon Life magazine, and helped contribute to the Aggieland Yearbook.
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