Election season is upon UTSA. Meet the candidates who are running to fill executive positions and senator seats in the Student Government Association (SGA). Polls are open from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5 and the link to vote can be found on the Student Government page on Rowdylink.
Jose Escabdeo- Candidate for President
Jose Escobedo is a junior political science major and has been in the SGA since he was a freshman. Escobedo has served as a senator, a committee chair and as the current Vice President of SGA. His three platforms revolve around foundation building, referring to his hopes of SGA being more professional and consistent, academic success, the acknowledgment that academic curriculum must be ever-evolving and building and maintaining relationships, which refers to the need to reach out to organizations across campus and with the administration.
Bennett Rosin- Candidate for President
Bennett Rosin is an accounting major in his final year at the College of Business. His main approach is to increase student morale, empowerment of student voices and improve campus safety. He understands the transition back to in-person learning will not be easy but is ready to take on all precautions. Rosin stated, “I hope to create, with your help, a campus that is accessible, innovative and collaborative.”
Jasmin Paquet-Durand Ford- Candidate for Vice President
Jasmin Paquet-Durant Ford is a sophomore economics major who has a semester of involvement in the SGA. Being the College of Business Senator, Jasmin has embraced how impactful her position can create change for the betterment. Her platforms revolve around campus sustainability and strengthening the SGA. She is here to represent and serve the student body, but claims this can only be accomplished if the engagement with the UTSA community is elevated.
Octavio “Tavo” Viramontes- Candidate for Vice President
Octavio “Tavo” Viramontes is a civil engineering major in his junior year. Octavio speaks highly on boosting not only UTSA but all of San Antonio. He believes opening new opportunities through current or new partnerships with other local organizations or institutions will be very beneficial for relationship strength. Viramontez also plans to expand campus sustainability by adding more sidewalks, trails and bike lanes so the community can explore the campus more freely.
Shaca Sweet- Candidate for Secretary
Patrick Lebherz- Candidate for Treasurer
Candidates for Graduate Students:
Candidates for College of Science- Five seats available
Candidates for College of Engineering
Candidates for College of Business- Five seats available
Candidates for College of Liberal and Fine Arts- Five seats available
Candidates for College of Education and Human Development- Two seats available
Candidates for College of Health, Community and Policy- Five seats available
Candidates for Senior Senator- Four seats available
Candidates for Junior Senator- Four seats available
Jasmin Paquet- Durand Ford
Candidates for Sophomore Senator- Four seats available