The Associated Student Union is urging Valley students to get out and vote this month to fill the positions left vacant after the previous election.
By Lon Dominguez, News Editor
This month Valley College will hold a special election to fill seats in the Associated Student Union left vacant in the previous Spring semester.
“Current ASU board members have taken on the responsibilities of vacant positions,” said Monica Gonzalez, co-adviser for the ASU, “they are doing a great, job and hopefully once elections are over the ASU will have a full board.”
The elections will be held on Oct. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both days at Monarch Hall in the Campus Center to ensure that both day and night students have a chance to vote.
Unlike the last election, the voting for this one is to be administered by Valley and not the community college district so paper ballots will be making a comeback.
According to Kiran Mehr, Commissioner of Political and External Affairs, there are six positions available with several candidates running for each, with the exception of vice-president and the Commissioner of Health and Safety, which have one candidate running unopposed. The candidates are Margarita Arzoumanian and Valery Gonda, respectively.
The lack of qualified candidates last semester resulted in several positions being left unfilled including both the offices of the president and vice-president. This has left the current ASU treasurer, engineering student Joseph Katona, serving as the de facto head of the of the ASU.
An issue last semester causing vacant seats was a lack of potential candidates that met the requirements to run for office. In order to serve in the ASU, a student must attend classes full time, which, when coupled with the responsibilities of serving in office, can be daunting for many full-time students, but with this election the ASU hopes to fill the void.
“There is at least one person running for each current vacant position,” said Gonzalez, “and the election is needed to fill those vacant positions.”