Matt Devore, Warren Anderson and Tim Long are Dixie State University’s newly elected DSU Student Association executive council members.
The student body president position was snatched by Devore, a junior integrated studies major from Mesquite, Nevada, who defeated Kayla Coolbear, a senior art major from Livermore, California, with 1,274 votes compared to the 493 that she gathered.
Sarah Ramaker, a junior dance major from Midland, Michigan, lost the vice president of academics position to Anderson, a senior accounting major from Santa Clara. Ramaker gathered 735 votes, while Anderson collected 1,032.
Tim Long, a junior business administration major from Hurricane, clenched the VP of clubs and organizations position with 1,063 votes. Brogan Crockett, a junior integrated studies major from St. George, had 704 votes and will not uphold his current position as the VP next year.
After a long week of campaigning, the winners said they are relieved, and their hard work has finally paid off.
Devore said he’s most thankful for his supporters.
“I’ll do all the right things and live up to their expectations,” he said. “I’ve thought about this moment for over a year.”
In addition to finishing up his current duties on student government, Devore said he will start working with the current student body president for training as soon as possible.
Anderson said there were a million things going through his head, but he’s very clear about what he will be focusing on in the near future.
“[I want to] implement a lot of surveys to make sure we get the students’ voice and know what degrees they want,” Anderson said. “[I also want to] bring in more programs for students who want to stay at Dixie but who can’t because it [doesn’t offer their program of choice].”
Nothing is more important than doing everything he can to make the students happy, Long said.
“I want to have more club rushes so more people can see what there is and become more involved in clubs,” he said. “I look forward to working with [Devore and Anderson]. It’s going to be a super fun year.”
Devore said he was happy to work with all the candidates.
“Everyone who went into the elections all had great ideas, and they all worked so hard,” Devore said. “I’m happy we were all able to handle [the results] as adults and be mature.”