Sweeney and McGlory sweep Student Body Elections

By Jason Reuter
On February 25, 2014

Going into the 2014 Student Body Elections, Joseph Sweeney and Garrett McGlory were confident theirs were going to win; after all, they were the only two names on the ballot. Sure enough, they were elected as UNH's new student body president and vice president, respectively.

Voting ended last Wednesday, Feb. 19, and the final results were released on Friday, Feb. 20. According to a memo released by Wildcat Link Project Manager Conner MacIver, a total of 900 out of the 11,783 eligible voters hit the polls located on WildcatLink.com. The final count was 750 votes for Sweeney and McGlory, and there were 125 write-ins. 

"We were right where we should have been, voter wise," Al Pace, the student senate speaker, said. "Compared to 2012, where there were three candidates and 2013, where there were five, we got about the same amount of votes per candidate."

Pace also explained that participation tends to come in waves. Because there was such a good turnout for last year's election, it was anticipated that this year would be slower. 

During the Election Committee meeting, it was revealed that write-ins accounted for 14.29 percent of the vote. Dick Cannon, the vice president of finance and administration, as well as the announcer of curtailed operations, was a popular write-in. 

"I am honored some of the students would welcome me into their circle, but of course I am not enrolled in any undergraduate courses," Cannon said in an email after hearing how he fared. "I wonder if some recent decisions to curtail operations influenced the vote."

The spark for Cannon's success most likely came from a post on UNH Confessions, a popular Facebook page 'liked' by over 9,500 Facebook users, which shares news and opinions on the events that occur on campus.

"So, I was checking my email and one was about voting for student body president and other positions. I decide 'Why not' and go to vote," an anonymous poster wrote on Feb. 18. "Well, believe it or not I already know who will win because there is only one option for each position. Great voting here at UNH. We should all vote for Dick Cannon by putting his name in the write-in." The post went on to receive 63 'likes' and a few comments from the page's followers.  

Sweeney and McGlory both said they were excited for the upcoming year. They look forward to seeing the university make progress in its plans to update Hamilton Smith and to build a new arts complex to replace the aging Paul Creative Arts Center.

"We're entering a transitional period now," Sweeney said. "Once the administrative changes are in place, we will begin to focus on our first term during summer senate."


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