It’s election season! If you are a student aspiring to make change on campus or are looking for a way to get involved, SGA is the place for you.
Why should you run for office, you ask? Simple. You’ll be at the forefront for change on campus. SGA is a unique experience where your student input is valued, the skills you will gain are transferable to any career, your self-confidence will soar, and you’ll expand your network. In addition, you get paid for your time and service to SGA.
Running for office can seem overwhelming, but don’t worry! Follow these four steps and you will be set for election season.
1. Pick up the candidate packet. You can find the candidate packet under the Election documents tab on the CU Denver SGA elections website or you can stop by the SGA office (Tivoli #301) and collect the packet.
2. Attend a meeting with the election commissioners. Before Candidates and Tickets are to turn in their Candidate Packet, they are required to attend one Preliminary Candidate Meeting. After packets are due, all Candidate and Tickets as well as SGA members are required to attend the Senate session at 12:30 p.m. and the Final Candidate Meeting at 3:00 p.m. held on Friday, April 6.
3. Get the signatures. Each potential Senator, SACAB Representative, and/or College Council Representative must have a minimum of 50 signatures from eligible enrolled CU Denver students to be considered a candidate. Each Executive Ticket must have a minimum of 100 signatures from eligible enrolled CU Denver students.
4. Vote! Students can vote online, at the SGA office, or at any designated Polling Place or Computer Lab on campus. Get out and make your voice heard!
Positions for candidacy include the Executive ticket (President and Vice President), 12 Senators, one Chair of Events and Planning, two SACAB Representatives, and eight members of College Council. College Council candidates must be a declared major in the school/college they are running for.
Lucky for you, we also have some great tips for campaigning!
Create a vision: Identify your purpose for running, why it would matter to students, and how you plan to initiate that change.
Be genuine: Listen to what students want and be intentional about what actions you plan to take.
Start early: Don’t be afraid to get out there and meet students!
Even if you are not interested in running, vote! The General Election will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, and will end at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13. All voting will be done electronically using www.ucdenver.edu/elections.