UF Student Government treasurer candidate stresses fiscal responsibility


Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

Facts

Student Government elections: Dates to remember

  • FEB. 1: Party information due by noon
  • FEB. 3, 6, 7: Candidate qualifying
  • FEB. 28 to MARCH 1: SG general elections
  • MARCH 7, 8: SG runoff general elections (if needed)
    Source: UF Student Government

  • Elections for University of Florida's Student Government are one month away, but most potential candidates have been closemouthed about their intentions - with one exception.
    Susan Henriques, a business administration major, announced her candidacy for treasurer this week. She's put fiscal responsibility at the top of her agenda.
    "I don't think they're using money in the most fiscally responsible way," she said.
    Henriques worked in the Student Government finance office for more than three years and under four different treasurers.
    She ran for treasurer in 2005 with the Progress Party, but lost to the sitting treasurer, Lindsay Cosimi.
    Henriques continued to work in the finance office until she was fired in November, allegedly for speaking on behalf of the office and criticizing Cosimi.
    Cosimi has done many things well, Henriques said, but there have also been oversights and an unfriendly atmosphere to students under her term.
    "I would have done things differently," she said, such as seek more input from students and ensure full access to the treasurer's office.
    Henriques said she is running as an independent, intentionally.
    "I don't want to get caught up in all the party politics that go on at the University of Florida," she said.
    Henriques brings "a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge to the table," said Rosemarie Clouston, her public relations director.
    If Henriques is elected treasurer, she will work with a president and a vice president with whom she shares no party affiliation, Clouston said.
    Henriques also spearheaded a campaign to put online wide-access voting on the ballot of the upcoming elections. If passed, the initiative will allow students to vote at any computer with Internet access.
    For the spring elections, UF students will vote on computers set up at specific polling booths on campus overseen by poll officials. The computers are networked together but are not accessible from the Internet.
    Wide-access Internet voting will be easier for all students, Henriques said, including those studying abroad or at satellite campuses.
    Those students would normally have to mail an absentee ballot.
    Henriques and her team are still preparing campaign goals, Clouston said, and plan to rigorously follow Student Government statutes, particularly the 800 codes that govern Student Government's finances.
    "She knows them backwards and forwards," Clouston said.

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