UC Berkeley sophomore Eatone Cheng announced his independent senate candidacy for the 2019 ASUC elections.
Cheng, who is studying mechanical engineering, is running not only to represent the engineering community, but also to act as an intermediary between it and the ASUC. The number of engineers in the ASUC is “practically nonexistent,” according to Cheng.
“The amount of engineers going into ASUC and working the process is extremely minimal,” Cheng said. “It’s a pretty glaring flaw.”
Cheng is currently the treasurer of the 3D Modeling Club, a student organization that teaches and learns 3D printing and modeling skills, and the co-secretary of CalSol, a student organization that makes solar vehicles. If elected, he aims to increase the funding and support that these organizations receive from the ASUC.
Alexander Zerkle, operations director of CalSol, said Cheng has taken charge of a number of tasks within the organization, ranging from designing T-shirts, car fabrication and making molds.
“Eatone was elected to an officer position, which speaks volumes to the respect he has earned within our organization,” Zerkle said in an email.
He added that Cheng has been “integral in our team culture.”
Cheng is also running on a platform to provide increased support to campus Night Safety Services. Cheng, who works as a community service officer with BearWalk, said the program is “undermanned and undersupported.”
He added that he is running as an independent candidate because he would like to act as a voice for engineers, rather than as a politician, so joining a political party would not be “necessary or efficient.”
If elected, Cheng plans to hold meetings with engineering groups and other associations and turn discussion into action by authoring legislation.
“I know there are people in the student body who are 10 times more knowledgeable and experienced in the field of politics, but I’m willing to learn,” Cheng said.
Voting for the ASUC elections will be held April 8, 9 and 10.