JP McKeever, a campus sophomore, recently announced his campaign as an independent candidate for the 2020 ASUC Senate election.
McKeever, a member of The Daily Californian, is an economics major with a platform focused largely around student debt mitigation. He also wants to create transparent communication with the campus and student body to “actively promote housing options,” as well as scale campus mental health initiatives.
If elected, McKeever aims to create a mentorship program for incoming students. With advice from alumni, the mentorship program would focus on guiding new students so they can better handle their school-related finances.
“This program will allow young Cal bears to have clear visions on how to tackle their challenges early and execute so they are not left hopeless from financial stresses,” McKeever said in an email.
McKeever said he hopes that campus alumni will be able to provide insight to incoming students about overcoming financial struggles and that his student finance initiatives will foster a support network for these students “as soon as they walk on campus.”
The second goal of his platform focuses on improving student housing accessibility and working with the campus to initiate changes to how housing options are offered.
McKeever also plans to work with clubs on mental health initiatives and expand current mental health programs. According to his Instagram campaign page, he plans to sponsor campus events for “philanthropic and charitable donations” to current campus mental health programs.
This will be McKeever’s first time running for an ASUC position, having had no prior involvement with the organization. Although he feels this may disadvantage him in marketing for his campaign, he said he will not be influenced by “partisan perspectives.”
“I am a new face,” McKeever said in the email. “With that comes fresh ideas and no predetermined mindset on certain issues.”