By Rhejean King-Johnson |Staff Writer|
Alex Gutierrez Chavez is our new Associated Student Incorporated (ASI) president.
A runoff was between Quin Kochman and Muhammed Khan for vice president.
The elections were held on May 4 and 5 on the San Bernardino campus.
The election process is not easy; it takes a village to get the candidates ready, making sure everyone is qualified and met all the requirements.
“It is definitely a hard process,” said the election coordinator, Jessica Patalano.
Student votes matter; these candidates are the voice of the student body.
When the results came in, announcing our new ASI president, Alex Gutierrez Chavez couldn’t have been more pleased.
“It is an honor to be elected to serve as ASI President for the 2016-2017 year, my passions reside in serving others and that is what I will do for CSUSB our community,” stated Chavez via e-mail.
Chavez received a total of 820 online and paper ballot votes.
CSUSB has provided great opportunities to help him become the leader he is today.
“CSUSB has given me more than I could ever imagine through its academics, internships and leadership opportunities,” stated Chavez.
Chavez would like to add programs and set goals during his term.
“My main goal is to leave programs and initiatives that will continue to thrive after my term, and create a student leader mentoring program with local K-12 schools to lift our youth out of their current suppressed state through mentorship,” stated Chavez.
The ASI Board would like more students to speak with them whether it’s an issue or just an idea that would benefit the students.
“We want the students to know that we are available for them to talk to us,” said Patalano.
Students felt that the election could have had more of an impact if the candidates got more of the student’s attention during the process.
“Honestly I felt like they really have to capture the student attention since they are representing us with our needs and wants,” said student David M. Williams.
Some students were pleased with our new presidential candidate.
“I didn’t know much about the presidential candidates, but I would like to see more activities that benefit us as the students and be apart of ASI,” said Karina Duque.
Many students contributed to Chavez’s life-changing experience, but would like to see more events that will help them in the long run.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this journey and all those who voted me into this position,” stated Chavez.
Chavez knows he has work ahead of him.
“While all the hard work and dedication it took to get here barely scratches the surface of what’s to come, I can’t wait to see all the great things that this year will hold for our campus and community,” stated Chavez