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CU Denver 2019 Student Government Association election

Voting ends April 12 at 3 p.m.
Photo: Marianna Caicedo · The Sentry

Current SGA President Matthew Kriese offers parting advice

The SGA election is upon CU Denver students. As the current members bring their term to a close, they part some advice and welcome this year’s candidates.

The ballot is comprised of CU Denver candidates who were required to apply with the Candidacy Intention Form by the deadline of Friday, April 3 before 5 p.m. Additionally, they had to meet certain requirements, such as be in good academic and behavior standing with the University, attend several SGA meetings, familiarize themselves with the Auraria Higher Education Center and University policies, and have summer availability. For executive branch candidates, they were also required to obtain “100 signatures of voting eligible students, supporting [their] candidacy,” according to the candidacy intention form.

The executive ticket is filled with the candidates for president (listed first) and vice president (listed second): Adan Ramos and Madison Carney, Jamie Sutliff and Peter Waller, and Jasmine Cline and Brooke Grossmann.

For this election season, Justin Lawson will be presiding as Election Commissioner, meaning he is in charge of anything related to the SGA election. 

Current President Matthew Kriese parts wisdom about his campaign journey that he endured with his running mate, Frida Silva. They both advocated for themselves beginning in November 2017 at student organization meetings and large student functions around campus until election week in April 2018. “The timeline was arduous, and the effort it took was Herculean,” Kriese said, “but that sort of effort is what I hope students demand of their leadership anyways.” 

Silva added, “Matthew and I wanted this position more than anyone else, and we knew that we were the right students for the job, hands down. We knew we were a power team. This headstrong mentality helped us to keep canvassing throughout the whole week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.” 

Additionally, Silva believes “this confidence made it easy to talk to students and let them know why they should vote for us and what we can do to serve their needs.”

According to Kriese, these months of campaigning taught him lessons that he took into his presidency. “It showed me the diligence required to communicate an idea or an initiative effectively. It showed me that positions like this are very much earned through labor and deliberativeness, and it is certainly not given out for free,” Kriese said.

In addition to learning diligence, Kriese learned to believe in himself from others who trusted his vision. Recalling the time that last year’s Sentry staff made campaign stickers for him and Silva without being asked, Kriese said, “[The election season] also taught me how people can come together in meaningful and deeply humbling ways.” 

In reflection of that moment in the newspaper office where Kriese found the stickers and a good luck note from the then editor-in-chief Taylor Kirby, Kriese said, “Despite the enormous self-doubt that I carried into a remarkably competitive and divided election season, I was surrounded by people who saw something in me that they believed in.” 

With the election approaching, the student body of CU Denver will soon vote for their next president and vice president from April 8 at 12:01 a.m. to April 12 at 3 p.m. In a final sentiment, Kriese said, “I wish all the candidates luck in this season, and I hope it is as impactful for them as it was for me.”

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