Junior elected Student Congress president for second term

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Students reelected the incumbent Student Congress president and 13 other members to represent the student body next academic year. 

Exactly 315 votes were cast in the election, which was held last week. Williams’s win means she will be serving her second term as president next year. 

Last year, she ran for and won the vice president position on Student Congress, but filled the president vacancy when senior Erika Brock stepped down to work on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. 

Williams won this election over sophomore Christian Bowling, who ran a last-minute campaign and hung up campaign signs on the platform that Student Congress should be more inclusive, involved and prominent. 

But Williams said she is glad that she got reelected this time around, despite competition. 

“I knew when I got the position that I wanted to be in this position for two years because I think it’s a position where it needs to be flourished for two years if you want to actually get more done,” she said. 

During her first year as the president, Williams championed some changes made to the student constitution. She also added four additional chair members to the existing hall residence members, including someone from the Office of Diversity or Religious Life department, the Student Activities Center, the Residence Hall Association and a student athlete. 

Dietz Residence Hall Coordinator Stephen Green is completing his first year as the Student Congress adviser and is moving into his second year, similar to Williams. Green’s plans for next year are to continue in his supportive role and help them reach their goals. 

“I think they did a great job of establishing those goals and continue to come back to them this year,” Green said. “I don’t see necessarily anything from my lens that needs to be changed in terms of how Student Congress is running.” 

Williams said her goals for next year as president are similar to the goals she had last year: making Student Congress work with more student organizations on campus for even more inclusivity. 

About Ashley Steeb 23 Articles
Ashley Steeb is a news and opinion writer for The Franklin. She is a multimedia journalism major with a history minor. Ashley has worked as a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com and covered the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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