All REBUILD candidates publicly drop party

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Editor’s note 1/19/2021: This article has been updated to remove unsubstantiated information. 

Update 4/5/2020: This article has been updated to include information from ASUC Academic Affairs Vice Presidential candidate Nicole Anyanwu and senate candidate Naomi Garcia.

All of REBUILD’s candidates publicly disaffiliated from the party Sunday.

Transfer student representative candidate Valerie Johnson and senate candidates Alexis Aguilar, Chaka Tellem, Apoorva Prakash, Natasha Ham, Naomi Garcia, Tessa Stapp and Suhyp Youssef are now running as independents for the April 6-8 elections. Academic affairs vice presidential candidate Nicole Anyanwu and external affairs vice presidential candidate Derek Imai will also be running independently, according to Anyanwu. Many of the senators have paired up to run independent campaigns as “running mates,” but they said in various Facebook posts on their respective campaign pages that they would no longer be supporting or accepting resources from REBUILD’s coalition.

According to the Facebook posts, the candidates will not be able to remove their party affiliation from the ballots, which were finalized Saturday. They will, however, continue to disaffiliate from the party and have taken the REBUILD logo off of their social media profile pictures.

REBUILD is a new party, and this is its first year running candidates, which it considered to be a slate of independent candidates more than a political party.

When it announced its formation, its plan was to dissolve after the election, and Johnson said in her post that the party will fulfill this promise.

Garcia, along with several other senate candidates, requested that the community not reach out to ask for details.

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