Abbigail Belcher, a junior, and Ethan Hanley, a sophomore, were elected to the student government president and vice president positions by 73 percent of the vote.
The Associate Students of the University of Montana elections closed Thursday night at 8pm with a 13.5 percent voter turnout, a total of 1,437 student voters.
During their campaign, Belcher and Hanley focused on continuous student input through their Google Form, a plan to publicly track all campus actions about sexual assault and retention of ASUM senators.
Belcher and Hanley have both served as ASUM senators previously and chaired multiple committees.
Daniel Parsons was elected ASUM business manager by 94 percent of the vote. Parsons was the only business manager on the ballot, but a handful of other write in candidates received 75 votes in total.
Parsons campaigned on purchasing student group software and a printer for ASUM, working individually with student groups and adjusting ASUM’s fiscal policy to make it more accessible for student groups to understand the budgeting process.
All 21 students who officially ran for senate seats were elected. The remaining five seats will be filled by write-in candidates, pending submission of necessary paperwork. Graduate students are set to have one re-elected senator, Cierra Anderson, representing them. There were no Missoula College students elected. A full list of elected students, including write-ins, is attached.
The new ASUM senate is set to be sworn in on Wednesday, April 24, at the regularly scheduled ASUM meeting.
The Montana Public Interest Research Group optional fee referendum passed by 82 percent of the vote. This means that students will continue to have the option of paying a $5 fee sponsoring MontPIRG on their tuition statement for two more years.
The money from the optional student fee goes toward the organization’s travel expenses for lobbying days, printing petitions and voter registration forms, and planning events.