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SGA president, vice president and senator elections are looming

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Students who want to become Oklahoma State's (OSU) student body president and vice president for next year must file their intent to run before Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.

Student Government Association (SGA) elections happen twice a year.  Elections for senators representing living groups, and the election for SGA president and vice president will be on March 15 and 16. The president and vice president will run on the same ticket. 

Austin Dedmon works in SGA's communications department and he said the president takes on more internal tasks while communicating with university officials. The vice president handles communication and basic needs. Dedmon said they oversee different SGA programs like Speakers Board and Mental Health together.

"Part of the role of SGA is being the voice for the students," Dedmon said.

Around 24,000 students are on OSU's campus and are eligible to vote in SGA's elections. In the previous year, over 1,000 students voted in SGA's presidential election resulting in Jack Edwards becoming president and making Alex Bias vice president.

Dedmon said SGA members handles potential policy that impacts students. In the fall 2021 semester, senators heard regimentation concerning gender inclusive housing and making recommendations to university COVID-19 policy. These policies must go through SGA's executive branch and then are sent off to various university departments.

"When students do have concerns, which they usually do, a couple of times a year they bring them to us," Dedmon said. "Those are things that turn into actual pieces of legislation and can be passed on and enacted through a university department by recommendation."

For the students interested in filing to run for student body president and vice president, the form can be found on online.