By Elizabeth Cheruto
Marco A. Valencia Mendoza was elected as ASB president as he ran unopposed and earned 128 votes and Andrea Donado was elected without opposition as student trustee and gained 158 votes.
The vice president position remains vacant as are the secretary and treasurer positions.
Mendoza, 19, a sociology major, holds a current position as the LAC Club Senate president and will assume his new position at the beginning of Fall semester.
He said he is looking forward to being ASB president. “I will create a great visibility for the students on both campuses. I will be a president who listens to the students and I promise to be humble and serve them,” he said.
Donado, 28, a gender studies major, said, “It’s scary to take up the position at this time. The students are hurting in regards to elimination of programs, but I will do my best in representing them.” Student activities adviser Derek Oriee has held his posi
tion for 12 years and he has seen many ASB elections in the course of his years. He said every election has been different. This one in particular, was very low key. “This is not the first election where students did not run for some seats and not much campaigning from the running candidates. It could be because it’s examination time and most students are studying for their examination or testing,” he said.
He said a special election will be conducted by the ASB Cabinet to elect candidates tentatively in the third week of the Fall. If the positions are not filled, then after six weeks they will appoint candidates to the vacant positions.
Ronald Qualls, 22, a biology major, is currently the ASB representative of communications. He said during the campaign, he helped the running candidates to spread the word out to the students. He used the social media, word of mouth and fliers to encourage the students to vote.
Joe Smith, 24, a broadcasting and history major, said. “I am a former ASB vice president. While in office, I grew as a person in leadership skills.” Idahosa Jos-Baznaye, 23, a mechanical engineering major, said he voted for his second time and he knows it’s important to vote if someone wants their voice to be heard.
Maria Lopez, 21, a social science major, is the current ASB vice president and she said the Cabinet is facing critical issues and students need a voice to represent them and that is what they do as a Cabinet. She said she has gained knowledge about government documentation and a passion for student’s equal education.
Any student interested in running for the above vacant positions may contact the Student Life Office at (562) 938-4154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.