ASUC presidential candidate Haazim Amirali suspends campaign amid allegations

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ASUC presidential candidate Haazim Amirali suspended his campaign Sunday night amid allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Amirali is a current ASUC senator and ran his campaign with Student Action. Along with ending his campaign, Amirali also disaffiliated from Student Action, both in the race and for his senate seat.

“Student Action wholeheartedly stands with survivors of sexual harassment and sexual violence and condemns sexual harassment and sexual violence in all of its forms,” the party posted on Facebook. “Above all else, we believe we must always center survivors’ requests and visions of justice.”

Amirali’s name will not be removed from the ballot, as his announcement of ending his candidacy came out less than two hours before the voting period began. Only two candidates with active campaigns remain: independent candidate Victoria Vera and Defend Affirmative Action Party/Fighting for Immigrant Rights, or DAAP/FIRE, candidate Stephanie Gutierrez.

Amirali declined to comment.

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Kate Finman is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @KateFinman_DC.