After the resignation of ASUC Senator Dhruv Krishnaswamy on Jan. 10, campus sophomore Will Liu was elected to fill his seat.
Liu had previously run for ASUC Senate and was elected through a countback tabulation conducted to fill the vacant seat, according to Elections Council Chair Skyler-Myles Clinton Cobb. The results were then certified by the Elections Council on Jan. 18 and by the Judicial Council Saturday.
According to Krishnaswamy, he chose to resign because he was unable to devote the time necessary to fulfill his duties as senator due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on himself and his family.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported and worked with me on this journey,” Krishnaswamy said in his resignation letter. “I commend everybody in the ASUC for displaying empathy and kindness during these tumultuous times.”
Senator Liu is majoring in legal studies and economics. He previously served as director of outreach in Senator Liam Will’s office during his freshman year.
Liu’s original campaign platform was centered around connecting students of diverse races and nationalities through fashion. This platform was based on frequent on-campus activities, however, which Liu no longer sees as feasible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, Liu will be adapting his platform to focus on representing the international student community and working for more benefits on their behalf, a cause which Krishnaswamy worked on, according to his biography on the ASUC website.
For his upcoming projects, Liu said he plans to work with fellow ASUC Senator Rex Zhang, who also represents the international community, according to his biography on the ASUC website.
“I have a clear picture that my tenure this term will not help me to carry out some huge projects,” Liu said in an email. “I am just hoping to solve some issues and do some practical projects given this short semester.”