Blue & White Flash/Staff Writer
The Jackson State University Student Center was filled with hopeful candidates, their entourages, curious voters and excited students as all anxiously awaited the announcement of the winners of the 2013-2014 Student Government Association election held on April 3, 2013.
Jarvis Horn, a freshman psychology major from York, Ala. said, “I felt the election was off to a slow start because of the Easter break for the Miss JSU candidates, but it picked up as the election process progressed.”
Horn said that he felt the closest competition would be for SGA President and Miss Jackson State University.
Jordyn Carter, a sophomore political science major from Jackson, Miss., agreed.
“I think the closest competition will be the Miss JSU race,” said Carter, who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She said she would be pleased with the selection of any of the ladies running for Miss JSU; all three candidates are AKAs.
“I expect all of my sisters (ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.) to win because if one of us wins, all of us win. I also hope Perrin (Bostic) wins SGA President because that is who I voted for,” said Carter.
The Miss JSU candidates all sat at the edge of their seats as well as the audience to see who would be taking the crown. Deja D. Knight let out a scream of joy as she was announced the winner with 379 votes to defeat Ashley F. Norwood, who received 349 votes and Morgan D. Jackson, who received 259 votes.
“I’m so glad that I won,” said Knight, as she acknowledged her fellow candidates and her sorority sisters for running along side of her.
Carter’s choice for SGA President was not the people’s choice; Bostic lost by 179 votes. In a close race for the top student leadership position, Charles Cathey III won the election by a mere 18 votes over Carlos Smith. T’Erica Hudson, who ran unopposed, was elected SGA Vice President.
Cameron Robinson, a sophomore biology/pre-med major from St. Louis, Mo., said that the election was very organized and neat. Robinson, like many other students, knew that the Miss JSU and SGA President races would be a close ones.
“We have great candidates with great platforms so I couldn’t really say who would win,” said Robinson.
The winners of the SGA class offices were announced as well as other major leadership positions.
In the race for SGA Business Manager, Rashad Sayles was the winner; Willie Bell III, Douglas Moore II, and Anthony Watkins Jr., all won the offices of Justice while unopposed candidate, Jade King took the office of Chief Justice; Executive Secretary was won by Ebonee Swilley and Parliamentarian was taken by Arekia Bennett who ran unopposed; Academic Council Senator was taken by Matthew Lampley, who also ran unopposed.