The Arizona Desert Lamp

Andre Rubio wins

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 18 September 2008

Final tally:

Rubio – 689

Plado – 476

This goes without saying, but the total of 1,165 votes accounts for around three percent of the total UA campus. To be fair, this wasn’t exactly a highly publicized affair; I was surprised by how little signage I saw from either of the candidates, or even how little publicized the debate outside of the ASUA-dome.

I’ve met Andre a few times in a purely non-ASUA context, and he is definitely a sharp guy. However, I do worry about how close he is to ASUA, especially to Bruce. The ostensible reason for having a Senate and a Presidency (and, I suppose, a judiciary) is to emulate the federal separation of powers; but if the Senate consists of Bruce yes-men and yes-women, then there’s really no reason for it to exist at all.

I guess you could hypothetical say that this was a surprise, but I think it goes to show how powerful ASUA’s lock on these elections is. Perhaps Plado had more half-hearted support around campus, but many of these people didn’t care enough to vote. Those who worked in ASUA not only voted as soon as polls opened, but probably got many of their friends to vote as well.

Anyways, there’ll be more discussion about elections when the full elections come around this spring. Congrats to Rubio.


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