Gator party wins all three executive positions


Ryan Mosley of the Gator Party hugs his running mate Vanessa Goodwin after being announced the new student body president on Wednesday night.

TOM McCARTHY/Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 2:51 a.m.
After weeks of campaigning, the University of Florida's Gator Party swamped the Pants Party on Wednesday night, winning all three executive positions and 43 of the 46 seats in the Senate.
Amid the stale smell of beer and clouds of cigar smoke, the Gator Party elects celebrated their victory with family, close friends and cheering supporters.
President-elect Ryan Moseley and Vice President-elect Vanessa Goodwin received roughly 70 percent of the 7,692 total votes.
"I think it's good," Moseley said. "I mean we're just really happy that we were able to really get the message out there and have the results and see everybody out there the last couple of days too."
Treasurer candidate E.J. Walicki received roughly 70 percent of the total votes as well.
All three will assume their offices in May.
The Pants Party claimed one graduate Senate seat and an independent candidate won the spot for engineering. No candidate was slated to run for the Natural Resources Senate seat, but one name was written in on the ballot and will take the seat if qualifications are met. It was the first write-in to win since 2002.
The Pants Party, despite a crushing defeat, still held their pants high in the air and began to chant "We got one seat!"
"If (Ryan) can successfully bridge the gap between Student Government and the student body, then I fully support his administration," Pants Party President David Meyrowitz said. "Four weeks ago there was no candidate opposing Ryan Moseley for the Gator Party. It was the Pants Party and the Pants Party alone that kept his campaign honest, made them work to find good candidate and make them campaign on a solid campaign platform."
Pants Party presidential candidate Bruce Haupt, holding pants in the air along with party supporters, said that although they were defeated, he was proud of the campaign they ran.
"We ran an honest campaign, but it's tough to start your party one month before elections rather than six months to a year before and spend a quarter of what they did," Haupt said.
Seventy-eight percent of students voted in favor of the referendum that asked whether they would support a 50-cent per credit hour fee to fund on-campus renewable energy projects.
Only 35 percent voted in favor of the referendum that asked students if UF should allocate funds to support a student-run homeless shelter in the city of Gainesville. The referendum also asked if UF should require all incoming students to visit the shelter as a part of the Preview orientation. It failed with 65 percent of the votes.
A Constitutional Amendment dealing with gender identity passed with 66 percent approval.
The 7,692 votes, which is about 15 percent of the student body, were 2,463 less than last spring, which garnered 10,155 votes, said Supervisor of Elections Brian Aungst.
"Regardless it's still a good turnout. It's not bad. It's not lousy. It's not pathetic. It's a good turnout. It's healthy," Aungst said.

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