SG parties announce candidates for elections

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

The Gator Party and the Pants Party, the only two registered political parties for this semester's election, have each announced their presidential candidates, thus signaling the unofficial start of the election season.

The current student body treasurer, Ryan Moseley, will lead the campaign for the Gator Party, while Bruce Haupt, who led the Pants Party in last semester's election, will once again head the campaign for Pants.

Neither party has announced candidates for the other two executive positions, vice president and treasurer, but the Pants Party will take an unorthodox path to select those candidates.

They call it "American Idol" meets the Pants Party. The party will hold an "open casting call" to interview students interested in the positions, according to the Pants Party news release.

"We want to show that nothing has been pre-decided," Pants Party President David Meyrowitz said. "Any student at this university who shares the idea that SG can do more for us than it has in the past can run with us."

They want to emphasize the fact that the party won't promise a position to any student, Meyrowitz said.

The Gator Party made its announcement Wednesday night outside Gate 3 of the O'Connell Center before the Gators men's basketball team tipped-off against Vanderbilt.

"The Gator Party is wanting to be a vehicle for change," Moseley proclaimed to those standing around. "We're looking to create opportunities for others and a place where people can learn and grow through their involvement."

"We want to come up with tangible results," he said.

While both parties have now made their presidential candidates public, neither party has solidified the platform that they will run on.

"We are still in the beginning stages," Gator Party President Yooni Yi said about the party's platform, "but we would like our candidates to have ownership over the issues that they will be campaigning over."

Moseley mentioned in his speech Wednesday that the Gator Party plans to work to allow students to choose for themselves the Accent speakers that come to campus.

Unlike the Gator Party, formerly the Swamp Party, the Pants Party will retain its unconventional party name.

This could present an interesting dilemma for the party.

When Pants ran in the fall, presidential candidate Bruce Haupt campaigned as a way to call out the weaknesses of Student Government.

He proclaimed that Student Government took itself too seriously, he made jokes about silly issues and even campaigned with pants suspended 10 feet in the air on a stick, according to the party's news release.

Now that party officials have decided to run seriously for this semester's election, there is a chance that many students will find it hard to take them seriously as a party.

Meyrowitz acknowledged that was a problem, but said they believe that the name recognition may help students to associate with the party as well as show consistency.

Qualifying for the parties will begin Friday and continue on Monday and Tuesday for any students planning to run for a Senate seat and slate with a particular party.

The elections will be held on Feb. 27 and 28.

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