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2023 SGA election amassed most student voters in years: meet the winners

In his last few weeks, outgoing SGA President Andrew Wilson works at his desk in the SGA office. Image courtesy of Liam McGinnes.

In 2022, roughly 200 students voted in Salisbury University's Student Government Association executive board election. This year, a more engaged student body participated with over 1,100 counted ballots.

Despite high voter participation, the Director of Campus Enhancement position has yet to be filled. Any student can apply for the role which will be appointed after interviews, according to outgoing SGA President Andrew Wilson.

The 2023-2024 SGA executive board members will be sworn in at the April 30 installation ceremony. They are:

President: Wyatt Parks

Vice President: Juan Adames Jr.

Chief of Staff: Justice Jensen

Treasurer: Javen Edelen

Chief Justice: Caleb Shank

Director of Academic Affairs: Lian Peach

Director of Civic Engagement: Olivia Ingrao

Director of Diversity & Inclusion: Kennedy Spriggs

Director of Marketing & Communications: Megan Spicer

Director of Student Organizations: Mark Weedon

Director of Sustainability: Madison Cuthbert

The Vice President race came down to the wire. Two hours before the election closed, a margin of only 30 votes – roughly 3% – separated candidates Juan Adames Jr. and Maggie Atherton. Adames prevailed in the election as SU's next SGA Vice President.

Wilson said the election's success reflects the work done by SGA's full body.

"I want to recognize all the work our SGA has done in the past year to make this a more attractive organization to be in," he said. "Not only the VP race but all the other races campaigned incredibly hard, got people to vote and met people where they were."

As he approaches the bittersweet end of a two-year tenure as SGA president, Wilson offers this advice to the incoming SGA executive board:

"Go out and meet students where they are, listen and respond to their testimonies and needs. That will make you the best advocates you can be for the students you represent."



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Featured image courtesy of Liam McGinnes

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