• Lillie Burke

SGA announces candidates for 2015 election

The race for student body president kicked off on Feb. 20 with candidates Zach Taylor and Jonathan Rankin declaring their respective campaigns.

Taylor, a sophomore, will be running with junior Braden Stover on his ticket, while sophomore Rankin will be running with freshman Jade Cooper.

Both candidates are excited for a competitive election, which officially begins March 16 with events and the launch of each ticket’s respective campaigns.

“Jade and I are excited to share our vision for what we think SGA and Belmont University could become in the near future,” Rankin said in a statement to the Vision.

Taylor echoed the same excitement in a statement to the Vision and said he and Stover “plan to work together to build upon the positive characteristics of this university, voice concerns of the student body and work diligently to make this university world-class.”

Candidates for president and vice president are required to have served two terms in SGA and have collected signatures from 150 students.

This year certain student groups may publicly endorse candidates, but chartered organizations, Greek chapters and athletic teams may not, according to SGA presidential election rules.

Candidates may only spend $1000 on their campaigns, and a winning ticket must receive a simple majority of all voting students.

Polls officially open on March 25 at 8 a.m. online and will close on March 27 at 4 p.m. with results announced by 6 p.m. that same day.

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