CalSERVE wins all 4 partisan ASUC executive seats, retains plurality in senate

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CalSERVE swept all four partisan executive seats in this year’s ASUC election, the ASUC Elections Council announced at the annual tabulation ceremony Thursday evening.

CalSERVE candidates Yordanos Dejen, Lavanya Jawaharlal, Marium Navid and Melissa Hsu secured the positions of president, executive vice president, external affairs vice president and academic affairs vice president, respectively.

Last year, CalSERVE secured three of the four partisan executive seats, with Student Action winning the presidency. The last time CalSERVE won all four partisan executive seats was in the 2008 ASUC election.

The position of student advocate — a position the two major parties, Student Action and CalSERVE, have not run candidates for in recent years, viewing the job as nonpartisan — was won by independent candidate Leah Romm, chief of staff to current ASUC Student Advocate Rishi Ahuja.

In a repeat of last year, CalSERVE and Student Action won eight and seven seats in senate, respectively. CalSERVE senators will be Wes Adrianson, Reia Cho, Alana Banks, Benedict Llave, Aanchal Chugh, Kathy Tran, Boomer Vicente and Diana Nguyen. Student Action will be represented by Jason Tang, Alicia Lau, Andre Luu, Grace Ho Jung Kim, Will Morrow, Rachel Schuster and Karthik Prasad. CalSERVE will continue to be the largest voting bloc in the senate.

This year, only two out of three of SQUELCH!’s senatorial candidates prevailed: Zoe Brouns and Sina Rashidi. Last year, SQUELCH! secured seats for all three of its senatorial candidates for the first time.

The senate class will be rounded out with Cooperative Movement Party candidate Sheena Paul, independent candidate Sumayyah Din, who is backed by the Middle Eastern Muslim Sikh and South Asian Coalition, and independent candidate Cuahuctemoc Salinas, who were also elected to senate.

Additionally, four out of five of the referendums passed: the Constitutional Clarity & Consistency Amendment, the Wellness Fee Referendum, the Giving Opportunities and Leadership Development (G.O.L.D.) Fee Referendum and the Solar Energy Reinvestment Referendum. The Bringing Life to the UC Berkeley Experience (B.L.U.E.) Fee Referendum failed.

This year’s election drew 12,693 voters, slightly more than last year but less than previous years.

Megan Messerly is the managing editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @meganmesserly.