by Ann Y. Du, 1L
On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the Georgetown University Law Center Student Bar Association held campus-wide elections to select the new general representatives and executive board members for the 2013-14 academic year.
Bill King, 1L, swept the Day Division Vice President election. King earned 217 votes compared to his opponents Samuel Smith, 1L, and Ernest Pysher, 1L, with 127 votes and 49 votes respectively. In his candidate statement, King stated, “[l]ast fall, I was honored to become my section’s delegate to the SBA. I didn’t have much experience, but made one simple promise – to always take my job seriously and to listen when my classmates had something to say.” Kukui Claydon, 2E, will be the new Evening Division Vice President.
Rounding out the executive board for next year are Jessica Montello, 2L, as Secretary and Andrew Warner, 1E, as Treasurer.
The only executive board position that remained unfilled at the end of Thursday night was the highly contested role of president. The Thursday ballots produced no clear winner between the three candidates, with a mere 16-vote difference between the forerunner Parker Schnell, 2L, with 195 votes, and Edward Williams, 2L, with 179 votes. Alexis Kellert, 2L, had 185 votes.
With no definitive majority in favor of any candidate, Christopher Morgan-Riess, 3L, the current SBA Elections Chair, announced that a run-off election would take place on Friday, March 22, 2103. Along with President, run-off elections were also for Joint Degree Representative and for one of the 3E Representative positions. The run-off for the second 3E Representative resulted in another tie between Landon Stropko, 2E, and Tara Straw, 2E, on Friday night, and will be decided by a 2/3 vote by the outgoing SBA members.
The position of President was conferred upon Parker Schnell who maintained her leading position in the presidential polls, earning 53.08 percent of the run-off votes. The new Joint Degree Representative will be Joe Vukovich, 1L.
Along with the executive board members, new general representatives for each class were also selected. These delegates will be responsible for representing the voices and best interest of each year group or program at the Law Center.
A full list of newly elected representatives follows:
President: Parker Schnell
Day Vice President: William King
Evening Vice President: Kukui Claydon
Secretary: Jessica Montello
Treasurer: Andrew Warner
Landon Stropko, Tara Straw– TBD by 2/3 vote of outgoing House of Delegates