Elections for next year’s SGA student positions are coming up and will be held on March 20. In the weeks leading up to the elections, the SGA committee will be advertising the students running and reaching out to the Samford community through various events.
Micaiah Collins, current SGA president, explained what the SGA elections represent and why they are important.
“SGA elections are always an opportunity for student leaders to lead. Spring elections are a big deal for SGA because we are essentially electing what SGA is going to look like next year,” Collins said. “The Spring semester is really our big push to get people involved because we spend the summer mapping out the rest of the next year.”
Collins went on to delve into what he wants SGA to encourage and support amongst the student body.
“We’re very strong proponents of civic participation and engagement; we believe that even beyond our college campus we want to promote voting and the importance of democracy,” Collins expressed. “We want to set that model for the campus body of getting involved in voting and taking the candidates that are running for positions seriously.”
He encourages anyone interested in or curious about SGA to reach out and apply, regardless of their experience or area of study.
“You don’t have to be a member of SGA to apply for any of the positions. SGA is representative of the entire campus body, so we want to make sure that students from all walks of life are getting involved,” Collins commented.
In preparation for the election, SGA will be setting up tables across campus to advertise the election and candidates running for various positions.
“We’ll be spending time out on Ben Brown and other places around campus to let people know about our election day, which is March 20,” Collins said.
Callie Morrison, senior journalism major and SGA press secretary, echoed Collins’ thoughts on the importance of students getting involved in SGA so they know who is being elected.
“They need to know who their next representatives will be so that they know who to go to with any concerns,” Morrison stated.
She also expressed her thoughts on the elections and how being a senior affects her experience.
“I’m excited to see who it will be [next year],” Morrison expressed. “As a senior it’s kind of bittersweet because SGA has been such an important part of my Samford experience.”
According to an SGA press release, there will be a candidate forum held March 16 at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel with the hopes of providing students a chance to hear from their potential SGA candidates and ask questions about their hopes for the upcoming term.
In the meantime, Micaiah Collins and the rest of the SGA committee encourage any students interested in learning more about SGA to send questions to email@example.com or visit the SGA office at 260 Westmoreland Hall.