With the Student Government Association (SGA) elections approaching, it is time again for the Technique’s annual candidate endorsement consensus. This was not an easy decision, but after much discussion, investigation and contemplation, we are proud to annouce our endorsement of Jennifer Abrams and Jefferson Losse.
Although there are three teams running this year, we only consider two of them, Jen and Jeff and Missy and Zain, to be serious candidates. That being said, we appreciate the idea of non-SGA affiliated candidates running and hope this trend continues in future elections.
At the end of the day, Jen and Jeff offer not only the most realistic platform, but also the much needed experience to make their goals a reality. With Jen’s and Jeff’s current positions on SGA’s Executive Board and incredible amount of experience working with a multitude of organizations, we can be sure that Jen and Jeff will not fail to make change happen.
However, we are concerned that Jen and Jeff’s large amount of time spent within SGA may limit their ambitions. While understanding exactly what you are capable of in a year is important, we do not want to see long term goals or even pie-in-the-sky dreams not discussed at all due to their possible impossibility. We would like to see Missy and Zain’s insight into what needs to be changed within SGA utilized in the next year — their ideas are certainly good ones.
At the end of the day, though, the SGA President should not function just as the head of the Undergraduate House of Representatives (UHR). They should not be limited to budget issues or Representative drama; they need to be able to represent the student body to the Administration. They need to be able to stand up for Tech students in arenas much larger than the UHR floor. In this capacity, we believe Jen and Jeff to be the most experienced, and consequently, the most effective.