SUA Elections

SUA Election Results

Voting for the SUA Elections has ended.  The SUA Elections Commission thanks all members of the Undergraduate Student Body who participated in selecting their student leaders for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.  Additionally, we express our thanks and gratitude to the candidates who put themselves out there and the staff who made this year's election possible. 

The full results are provided here!

President of the Student Union Assembly

The election for SUA President was conducted in two rounds because no candidate received a clear majority in the first tally.  As a result, the lowest vote-earner was eliminated and their votes were allocated to the other two candidates.  The voters who initially voted for the lowest vote-earner but ranked the other candidates second had their votes allocated to their second choice.  This process gives us the final results illustrated below.

Table of candidates for the President of the Student Union Assembly
Candidate's Name Percentage of Votes Total Votes
Shivika Sivakumar (Winner) 60.35% 939
Jose Marquez Cuevas 39.65% 617
Simelia Rogers Eliminated in Round 1 Eliminated in Round 1

Please note that these results are the 'final' tallies that indicate who the winner of the election was.  We expect that the initial (first round) tallies will be posted on the UCSC Elections Webpage once they are given to the Campus Elections Commissioner.

SUA Vice President of Internal Affairs

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Internal Affairs
Candidate's Name Percentage of Votes Total Votes
Chloe Mietzel (Winner) 51.31% 845
Chase Hayes 45.05% 742

SUA Vice President of External Affairs

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of External Affairs
Candidate's Name Percentage of Votes Total Votes
Rojina Bozorgnia (Winner) 94.89% 1,468

SUA Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Candidate's Name Percentage of Votes Total Votes
Saxon Stahl (Winner) 50.96% 824
Antonio Calbo-Jackson 45.27% 732

SUA Vice President of Academic Affairs

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Academic Affairs
Candidate's Name Percentage of Votes Total Votes
David Miller Shevelev (Winner) 94.07% 1,413

SUA Vice President of Student Life

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Student Life
Candidate's Name Percentage of Votes Total Votes
Bella Bullock (Winner) 58.51% 956
Jimmy Gomez 38.25% 625

College Representative Elections

Table with a first column depicting each college and a second column depicting the representative elected for each college.
College Elected Representative
Cowell Runoff Between Nick Dadgari and Seymour Hendrik
Stevenson Jakob Locke 
Crown Daniel Halpern-DeVries
Merrill Mitra Zarinebaf
Porter No Winner
Kresge Brent Insua
Oakes No Winner
Rachel Carson Tatiana Godinez
College Nine  Grant Fu
College Ten Soren Whiting

About the SUA Elections

The Student Union Assembly is tasked with the responsibility of representing the interests of the Undergraduate Student Body.  This is especially true in times of crisis.  Although the situation around our communities has changed drastically and there is a multitude of issues we must face, it is important that candidates rise to the occasion to address these issues.  

The SUA Elections provide an opportunity for the Undergraduate Student Body to select leaders who represent their interests.  Several undergraduate students have stepped up to put their hats in the ring for this election season.  Now, they are candidates that you will see on the ballot!

To facilitate online elections, the SUA Elections Commission has established this webpage to serve as a repository of essential information.  Please direct all elections-related questions to Associate Elections Commissioner Ramiro Cabanillas-Ledesma at suaaec@ucsc.edu.

If there are any issues with this webpage or the information provided herein, please direct comments to SUA Parliamentarian Stephan Edgar at suaparli@ucsc.edu

Candidate Debates

The SUA Elections Commission hosted the Candidate Debate on May 16th, 2020.  You can view the entire debate here:

You are also welcome to view the complete debate transcript.

Debate Itinerary and Timestamps

  • Debate Introduction:  4:10
  • Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion:  12:30 - 42:55
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs:  43:30 - 49:50
  • Vice President of Student Life:  50:00 - 1:29:32
  • Vice President of External Affairs: 1:29:45 - 1:37:55
  • Stevenson Elected Representative:  1:38:20 - 1:49:00
  • LoFi Hip Hop Break:  1:54:30 - 2:04:13 (YouTube: ChilledCow)
  • Vice President of Internal Affairs:  2:04:43 - 2:38:22
  • LoFi Hip Hop Break #2:  2:38:58 - 2:44:00 (YouTube: ChilledCow)
  • President of the SUA:  2:44:05 - 3:44:25
  • Debate Close-Out:  3:44:30

Timeline

Although voting only spans a week or two, the SUA Elections process spans the entirety of Spring quarter!  Here is a breakdown of the 2020 elections timeline.

  • Petitioning Phase - April 13th to the 22nd:  Candidates have to fill out forms and acquire signatures from fellow students in order to get on the ballot as verified candidates.
  • Verification Phase - April 23rd to the 27th:  Candidate forms are verified by the Dean of Students and SUA Elections Commission to ensure that the information submitted is complete.
  • Campaigning Phase - May 4th to the 11th:  Candidates have a week before voting to make their case, advertise themselves, and articulate their platform!
  • Voting Phase - May 11th to the 19th:  Voting is On!  The ballots open and students can rank their preferred candidates.
  • Results Announced - May 25th to the 30th:  The results are tabulated and verified by the Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies (IRAPS) unit.  We expect to receive results sometime in this date window.  Results will be announced directly to the candidates first and then publicly.

2020 Election Events

Although the entirety of the SUA Elections are being held online this year, there are still a few events that you can participate in!  These events are designed to enable candidates the ability to engage with questions and voters alike.  Please attend!

  • Campus Elections Forum - May 7th at 5:30PM:  Hosted by the Campuswide Elections Commissioner, the Campus Elections Forum is designed to inform interested voters about measures, amendments, and candidates alike!
  • Mock Debate - May 13th at 7:00PM:  Hosted by the SUA Elections Commission, the Mock Debate gives us an opportunity to iron out all of the details before the real deal!  
  • SUA Candidate Debate - May 15th at 6:00PM:  Hosted by the SUA Elections Commission, the SUA Candidate Debate is an opportunity for candidates to advocate for their platform and constituents to air their concerns.  You are likewise encouraged to ask a question in advance of the debate!

Report Election Violations

The SUA Elections Commission is responsible for administering the elections of candidates seeking office in the 2020 SUA Elections.  If you believe that an election violation has occurred, you are encouraged to use the links below to verify your belief and submit a report to us.  Reports will be responded to in no less than 2 business days after being received.

Candidates for Office

Now that the petitioning phase has ended, the SUA Elections Commission and UCSC Dean of Students Office have completed verifying every prospective candidate.  Below you will find a list of fully verified candidates who will appear on the ballot during this year's elections!

Last Updated:  May 7th, 2020

President of the Student Union Assembly

Table of candidates for the President of the Student Union Assembly
Candidate's Name Contact E-Mail Address Candidate Statements
Shivika Sivakumar ssivaku2@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement
Jose Marquez Cuevas jmarqu26@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement
Simelia Rogers sdrogers@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement

SUA Vice President of Internal Affairs

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Internal Affairs
Candidate's Name Contact E-Mail Address Candidate Statements
Chloe Mietzel cmietzel@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement
Chase Hayes chanhaye@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement

SUA Vice President of External Affairs

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of External Affairs
Candidate's Name Contact E-Mail Address Candidate Statement
Rojina Bozorgnia rbozorgn@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement

SUA Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Candidate's Name Contact E-Mail Address Candidate Statement
Antonio Calbo-Jackson acalboja@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement
Saxon Stahl sajstahl@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement

SUA Vice President of Academic Affairs

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Academic Affairs
Candidate's Name Contact E-Mail Address Candidate Statements
David Miller Shevelev daelmill@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement

SUA Vice President of Student Life

Table of candidates for the SUA Vice President of Student Life
Candidate's Name Contact E-Mail Address Candidate Statements
Isabella Bullock irbulloc@ucsc.edu   Personal Statement
Jimmy Gomez jijgomez@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement

Stevenson College Elected Representative

Table of candidates for the Stevenson College Elected Representative position.
Candidate's Name Contact E-Mail Address Candidate Statements
Jakob Locke jplocke@ucsc.edu  Personal Statement

Petitioning Phase

The Petitioning Phase for students interested in being candidates for the 2020 SUA Elections has concluded.  The deadline for all petitions was 5:00PM (Pacific Daylight Time - UTC/GMT -7) on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020.  

Before becoming a bona-fide candidate, students who are interested in running must demonstrate at least some measure of student support in order to be placed on the ballot.  The SUA Elections Code (Section D. of the SUA Bylaws) lay out the requirements for petitioning based on what kind of position the student is running for.  These requirements were modified through a Bylaw amendment to make it easier for interested students to gather signatures using online means.

  • For SUA Officers:  Students must accrue a minimum of forty signatures from currently enrolled Undergraduate Students with no restrictions on college affiliation.
  • For College Elected Representatives:  Students must accrue a minimum of fifteen signatures from currently enrolled Undergraduate Students who are affiliated with the residential college they seek to represent.