By Madura McCormack
Murdoch student election nominations are in, with two official tickets and what is slated to be a three-way fight for Guild President.
After running mostly unopposed in the last election, the ‘Action’ ticket is back for another political season, this time with outgoing Sustainability officer Troy Treeby at the helm.
‘Action’ faces some actual competition this year, in the form of the ‘TMNT’ or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ‘The Murdoch Now Team’ ticket, fronted by outgoing General Secretary Guy McDonald.
There appears to be a few students running independently, with current MISA [Murdoch International Student Assoc] President Ferhan Siddiqi taking a stab at the Guild President role and relative unknown Adrian Gallo running for four different positions.
This election season will see 38 per cent of positions being filled unopposed, a massive swing from 2014, where 73 per cent of student leaders ran without a fight.
Unfortunately, there are no quendas or other marsupials running in this year’s election, a blow to the critters that are actually on campus.
The main promises
The ‘Action’ ticket includes outgoing Clubs Officer Brodie Skalko as EVP hopeful, with the team looking to re-launch ‘Education Council’ which has been inactive for four years.
Running alongside Guy McDonald will be Andy Hunter for General Secretary and Dean Wicken for EVP.
The ‘TMNT’ ticket intends to install a ‘Guild Treasurer’, who will be in-charge of publishing the yearly budget. There is also talk by TMNT to bring puppies and kittens on campus for Stamp Out Stress Day.
Both tickets are promising to extend library hours during exam time.
In other positive news, there are actual people running for the School Boards seats, with 9 out of 16 positions having at least one candidate. This is up from the 4 positions filled in 2014.
Check out the full broadsheets here and stay tuned to METIOR for election updates.
Voting opens October 5 and closes October 8.