UF Student Government elections heat up

Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 11:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 11:14 a.m.

After a political dynasty, for UF Student Government standards at least, the Ignite Party will finally see its two-year reign come to an end with the Spring SG elections scheduled for Feb. 24-25.

Former Ignite members will split into Access and Innovate for the upcoming elections. They look to be the major competitors for the power struggle, but the weaker Student Alliance Party and Keg Party could stir up some dust.

Here is a run-down of each party:

Ignite Party

Though they're the current SG power holder (SAP has just one student senate seat), internal differences forced the party to finally split up. Though Ignite still is registered for the elections, they aren't expected to run any candidates.

Access Party

The first of two parties that split from Ignite, Access figures to be a major force in the elections. The current Student Body Treasurer, Jamal Sowell, tops their executive ticket in his bid for student body president. Access' platform includes having UF join the Florida Student Association, bringing online music to the campus dorms, and establishing a center for Asians and Asian Americans at the university.

Innovate Party

Innovate is the other splinter party of Ignite and plans to go head-to-head against Access this February. Running for president is current Student Senate President Scott Kennelly while Rachel Bird and Shema Freeman round out the ticket.

Though the party does not have its official platform out yet, Kennelly has discussed what he would like to implement if put into the UF student body's highest office: a secret check on the quality of various UF services, an organizational leader forum and a general promise to improve the collegiate experience for all students.

Keg Party

Judging by their party's name, Keg probably isn't the most serious of the Spring 2004 parties. But a little fun never hurt anyone especially when it comes to the sometimes too serious nature of SG elections.

Presidential hopeful Matt Moody and his running mate, Travis Marsh, want their campaign to be about the issues students really care about, such as Gainesville bar closing times, for example.

Student Alliance Party

With one position of power in the Student Senate, SAP tries to build on that small positive. Despite the fact the party is not running any executive hopefuls, SAP still believes they can make a difference for UF students in the Student Senate.

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