Timeline for Elections:​​

  1. Deadline for Submissions: February 21, 2020

  2. Election Informational Session: February 24, 25 2020

  3. March 9, 2020: General Elections open

  4. March 12, 2020: General Elections close

    1. Elections close at 12 pm

  5. March 13, 2020: Winners announced

  6. May 20, 2020: Term of office begins.

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ELECTION INFORMATION

2020-2021

Election Committee meets TBD

Election Committee Chair:

Donya Akradi, Director of External Affairs for ASG,

external@saddlebackasg.com

CANDIDATES

For the 2020-2021 academic school year:

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Sean Hartnett

Candidate:

President

Major:

Public Health

Statement:

I want to improve our school. I also want us to have more events to improve school spirit and to help with different activities.

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Adam Brownell

Candidate:

President

Major:

Music Business

Extracurriculars:

Honors Program, Administrative Coordinator for Campus Sustainability Council, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Pre-Law Society, Environmental Awareness Club, Chess Club, Music Production Club, Rap Club, Barbershop Quartet

Statement:

My goal as President is to be a mindful and sincere advocate for our student body. I envision a campus with environmentally sustainable practices, an empowered sense of community, and a financially accessible education. As the current Administrative Coordinator of Campus Sustainability, I have worked towards the elimination of single-use plastics and the priority of recycled products on campus. With a vested interest in continuing what our predecessors advocated for, in addition to championing forward-thinking initiatives; I intend to foster positive changes for our student body now, and for the students that follow. As a student of color and student of financial need, I often observe that potential is omnipresent, while opportunity is not. With this in mind, my goal is to promote a more diverse and inclusive campus while raising awareness of scholarships, EOPS, and FAFSA. Saddleback has graced me with incredible opportunities, inspiring mentors, and loving relationships. As a result, I have a deep appreciation for this institution and a strong desire to reciprocate what I have been given. By unifying our voices and reflecting our concerns, it would be a great honor to represent us as President.

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Michael Simonds

Candidate:

Vice President

Major:

Environmental Studies

Extracurriculars:

Officer of Events for Campus Sustainability Council

Statement:

In the time I’ve spent working as an officer for the Events Committee and the Campus Sustainability Council, I’ve seen the ways in which ASG has been successful as well as where it can be improved. I believe in having a Student Government that accurately represents the students at Saddleback: one that is diverse in background, experience, and direction. As Vice President I will ensure that our government is just that, because both inclusion and representation matters. I believe that every student has valuable input and as Vice President I will devote my time to making sure that the concerns and desires of students are both listened to and addressed. Coming from a background in Sustainability, I will put a focus on increasing Saddleback’s environmental awareness and practices by working closely with the great resources available to us in the Environmental Studies department. I want Saddleback to take an active role in our surrounding community and make them feel they’re as much a part of Saddleback as we are. Overall, I want Saddleback Students to enjoy coming to campus and taking part in the events we host. For students who only stay for their classes, I’ll make sure they know that Saddleback has a lot more to offer if they want it. All students should feel welcomed, included, and advocated for through ASG, and as Vice President I will make that my mission.

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Thomas Allard

Candidate:

Vice President

Major:

Biology

Extracurriculars:

Administrative Coordinator for IDSC, International Society Club

Statement:

Participating in the student government has taught me what is required to assume a position of leadership. Through a dedicated work ethic, strong organizational skills, and an attention to detail, I will be able to oversee the operations of ASG. As vice president, I will devote my full effort and time to enrich what student government stands for, not only members but all who make up Saddleback College. Our community is strong due to our inclusive attitudes and ideals. It is my belief that it is a necessity to cast a light on issues in the background and bring them to the forefront so a resolution may be achieved. I strive to give a voice to those who may not always be heard. I work within established systems to implement change that is desired from those I represent. My experiences have taught me how to work through challenges while maintaining a professional demeanor, and develop connections with others who have different views. I take pride in the work that I can accomplish with the help of others. I look forward to serving ASG and Saddleback College, in order to create the desired change. 

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Walita Simmons

Candidate:

Director of External Affairs

Major:

Real Estate Broker

Statement:

Equipped with my passion for people and backed by the educational pursuits (becoming a Real Estate Broker), it is a good fit to run for this position, as liaison from Saddleback College to the community at-large.

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Valia Oliva

Candidate:

Director of Academic and Division Affairs

Major:

Sociology

Extracurriculars:

Event Coordinator for IDSC

Statement:

 I hope to be elected as the Director of Academic and Division Affairs (ADAC) because I want to be able to create a stronger bond between both student population and faculty. I believe I would be a strong representative to represent both ASG and students overall at each meeting of the academic senate and continue to bring new ideas to help our school continue to become a better place. 

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Justin Kern

Candidate:

Director of Inter Club Council

Major:

Business Administration, emphasis on Accounting

Extracurriculars:

The Officer of Finance for ICC

Statement:

I have a genuine passion for the clubs here at Saddleback, helping them with anything we can and watching them grow through that has been an amazing experience. I have been Officer of Finance for Inter-Club Council for the 2019-2020 school year. Through this I have made many strong connections within each club and already know a lot about how ICC is structured and governed. We've done a great job this year with supporting our clubs here at Saddleback this last year and I look forward to seeing how we can continue and improve this next year.

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Matthew Smith

Candidate:

Director of Inter Club Council

Major:

Civil Engineering​

Extracurriculars:

Member of Loyal Activists Club

Statement:

As Director of Inter-Club Council will aim to become more involved in ASG coordinated events, making more connections and creating a more inclusive environment for all clubs on campus. I will become more involved and connected with clubs than any previous Director, aiming to specialize to clubs needs and make myself known and open to communication with every club on campus.

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Soleil Berkson

Candidate:

Director of Campus Sustainability Council

Major:

Geography, Physical Science, Liberal Studies

Statement:

As a student here at Saddleback College, I have had the pleasure of taking a wide variety of courses on the subject of the environment and sustainability. I have been passionate about protecting the planet for as long as I can remember, trying to the best of my ability to limit my ecological footprint by being a lifelong vegetarian and conscious consumer. I whole-heartedly believe in the idea that small actions have the ability to create big change when everyone works together. As the Director of the Campus Sustainability Council, I will work to help make Saddleback a greener and less wasteful campus. By creating small changes such as offering more vegetarian/vegan food options on campus, incentivizing carpooling/electric vehicles/public transportation, continuing to plant more trees, ending the use of plastic straws, and much more, every student here will become a leader and a part of creating real change. I love this school, and I believe that by working with faculty and fellow students, Saddleback has the potential to be a leader in campus sustainability.

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Sophia Ramirez

Candidate:

Director of Campus Sustainability Council

Major:

Business Administration

Statement:

I have been a student at Saddleback since Fall 2018 and I've always been brainstorming ways our campus could be improved. I always loved the few environmentally conscious features we have here, such as the water refill stations and native gardens, but what if we were able to take it even further? Imagine a plastic-free campus with compost bins, and healthier, more sustainable choices at the cafeteria. What if we were able to install solar panels or create a carpool incentive? As Director of Campus Sustainability Council, these are just a few of the ideas I would love to discuss with our ASG. Although I have never been a part of the associated student government at Saddleback, I have leadership experience as president and secretary of several clubs in high school. I'm a business major with a heavy interest in environmental studies, so I feel confident in my ability to make these things happen. I would love to be a part of something bigger here and I'd love to help other students make a bigger impact too!

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Preston Hong

Candidate:

Director of Honors Student Council

Major:

Mechanical Engineering

Extracurriculars:

Honors Program, Officer of Events of the International and Diversity Student Council (IDSC), Member of Saddleback Track and Field, Treasurer of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Computer Science Volunteer Lab Aide

 

Statement:

I am often seeking opportunities to get more involved in the Gaucho community, and I believe that becoming the Director of Honors Student Council will allow me to make a lasting impact at Saddleback. I aspire to help my peers take the next step in their education and provide students with the support and community engagement opportunities to do so. Joining the honors program has definitely been the best decision I’ve made at Saddleback and has continually challenged me to become a better person in and out of the classroom. Through my involvement in the honors program, ASG, and intercollegiate sports at Saddleback, I’ve developed strong leadership, organizational and social skills. I believe that the HSC should serve its community by recognizing exceptional students and acting on their opinions to make Saddleback a student-oriented campus. I hope that under my leadership, the HSC can create a community where all students can participate in various volunteer activities and will remember the impact they made during their experience at Saddleback. If you see me, whether it be in the LRC (I’m there a lot), at a track meet, or attending honors program events don’t be afraid to say hey!