The results are in and the next Student Government Association president is Timothy Mackintosh.
Mackintosh, minutes after the votes were tallied, said he was very excited to hear that he had gotten the position and is eager to work with the group that was elected with him.
“If I had to sit down and hand pick the people for those positions,” Mackintosh said, “they would have been the people who won, so I am very excited that I get to work with them.”
Mackintosh was talking about Executive Vice President Alice Johnson, Secretary Colleen Kunz, Treasurer Elizabeth Young, Student Director of Campus Activities Board Eric Dowd and Vice President of Academics Daniel Rivers.
Current president of SGA Michael Shalginewicz said he was willing to work with who ever was elected as president.
“I was going to be pleased with anyone who was willing to be trained,” Shalginewicz said. “But, I believe Tim will do a great job.”
Shalginewicz said he is also pleased with the students elected.
“I’m glad that a lot of people elected to the positions are currently members of the SGA,” Shalginewicz said.
Even though Mackintosh said he thought he had a pretty good chance of winning based on students telling him they voted for him, he still wasn’t 100 percent sure until the votes were in.
“I had a good idea I was going to win,” Mackintosh said. “A bunch of students last year came up to me and asked me to run for SGA President. They believed I could win.”
Mackintosh said he is thankful for everyone who supported him and for all the candidates who ran. He said he has already started to put forth his plans for next year.
“I’ve already contacted some faculty and asked them what they believe SGA could do to help the school,” Mackintosh said. “They see and hear the raw unedited version of what the students say and that’s what I want to hear.”
This year’s election also saw online voting for the first time, which College Court Chief Justice Kyle Reed said was a hit. He said they received 493 votes between online and paper ballots, 26 percent of eligible voters.
“We did much better than last year,” Reed said.
Reed said they were meticulous with counting to save them time so they didn’t have to recount.
“It took a while counting the votes,” Reed said. “We counted and tracked votes and everything matched up and we’re happy we didn’t have any of the added drama of recounting.”