Charles running for UF student body president

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.

Ashton Charles, graduate student and longtime University of Florida student senator, has announced plans to run for student body president for the 2010/2011 school year.

Charles, the current Student Senate president, is the official nominee for the Unite Party, which currently holds the executive seat and the super majority in Student Senate.

“I’m so honored and proud to be a Gator and to represent the students,” Charles said. “This is something I’m really passionate about.”

Charles has worked her way up in Student Senate for the past two years, from general committee member to Judiciary Committee Chairwoman to Student Senate president.

Charles feels she has the experience and skills necessary to be student body president and will not have to deal with what might be a potential “learning curve” if elected.

“I have that relationship within SG and with the administration and throughout campus,” she said.

Charles said she and the Unite Party hope to run a positive campaign and fill their slate with dedicated individuals who genuinely care about Student Government and the university.

They also hope to run a platform based on real solutions to the problems students face in their everyday life, Charles said.

In the past, this has meant anything from increasing hours at the library during finals week to putting hand sanitizers around campus to combat the H1N1 outbreak.

“It’s about increasing communication and finding where the concerns are to make every individual student’s life better,” Charles said.

The SG spring elections will be held Feb. 23-24. Qualifying for the election begins Thursday and ends Feb. 2.

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