By Chelsea Mazer
Candidates for Associated Students, Inc. debated campus issues Thursday, took questions and shared plans for student government and the university, if elected.
The ASI presidential and vice presidential candidates were also given the opportunity to introduce themselves and their election platforms in addition to answering questions provided by the ASI Elections Committee and Chair.
During the introductions, ASI presidential candidate Matthew Rodney and ASI vice presidential candidate Sade Wilcox announced their resignation from the campaign due to a lack of support from the campus community and negative comments made toward the pair on social media platforms.
Rodney and Wilcox are no longer eligible for election to either position this year due to their resignation.
The debate covered different topics including the transition to a smoke-free campus, semester conversion, the tuition increase, campus involvement, campus diversity and potential new resources for students.
These new resources could include a “class pass” with the Foothill Transit system to either reduce or diminish the extra cost for a bus pass by creating a quarterly pass for commuting students.
Students were given the chance to ask questions in the last few minutes of the debate and were curious how the candidates planned to support transfer students with the upcoming semester conversion.
The debate was held in University Park during U-Hour and was attended by roughly 40 people including students and faculty.
The remaining candidates on the ballot for ASI president and vice president include the following (in no particular order): Joshua Ebiner and David Lee, Farris Hamza and Carlos Gomez, Thomas Logue and Kevin Andrews
On Thursday during U-Hour there will be a Pizza with the Candidates event held in University Park.
This event will be attended by both the presidential and vice presidential tickets along with the candidates for senator positions.
Elections will be held online beginning Monday and will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 18.
Results of the election will be announced on May 19 between noon and 1 p.m. in University Park and a celebratory reception will follow the announcements.
Chelsea Mazer / The Poly Post
ASI Candidates meet
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