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ASI Elections

Your vote matters! Cal Poly students have the opportunity to vote for their 2019–20 student representatives from Wednesday, April 24 at 9 a.m. through Thursday, April 25 at 9 a.m. on the Cal Poly Portal and on the ASI website.

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2019–20 ASI Elections Overview

ASI elections are held annually in spring quarter and determine the student leadership for the following academic year. Elected representatives include the ASI president and the ASI Board of Directors.

The ASI president is the only elected at-large student leader at Cal Poly and serves as the official ASI representative to the university and the general public.

The ASI Board of Directors consist of 24 elected positions that serve as the official voice of Cal Poly students in regards to student advocacy efforts and ASI corporate activity.

ASI Elections: Candidate Filing

Candidate filing is officially closed.

Students interested in playing an active role in ASI Student Government are encouraged to either file as a write-in candidate for the ASI president or the ASI Board of Directors, or apply for the ASI Executive Cabinet or University Union Advisory Board (UUAB) during spring quarter.

Write-in candidates must file the required ASI elections paperwork and submit it to the ASI Student Government office 24 hours after the polls close. If you would like to file as a write-in candidate, packets can be found within the documents tab below.

Elected Positions

Cal Poly students will have the opportunity to vote via their Cal Poly Portal and on the ASI website from Wednesday, April 24 at 9 a.m. through Thursday, April 25 at 9 a.m. for the following positions:

ASI President
1 seat

ASI Board of Directors
College of Architecture and Environmental Design - 3 seats
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences - 4 seats
College of Engineering - 5 seats
College of Liberal Arts - 4 seats
College of Science and Mathematics - 4 seats
Orfalea College of Business - 4 seats

Winter quarter 2019 enrollment determines the number of seats on the ASI Board of Directors for the 2019–20 academic year.

2019–20 ASI Elections

Important Dates

ASI Elections: Candidate Media Day
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 220

ASI Elections: Presidential Debate
Thursday, April 18, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
University Union Plaza - Stage

ASI Elections: Candidate Meet & Greet
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
University Union Plaza - Stage

ASI Elections: Election Day
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:00 AM Through
Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:00 AM
Online

ASI Elections: Election Announcement
Thursday, April 25, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
University Union Plaza - Stage


Meet the Candidates


Hello, I'm Alex Bires. I'm running for ASI President. My platform includes increasing financial transparency, making the student experience more affordable, and reallocating wasteful spending to benefit you. As President, I will organize a student-run book sharing program that will slash textbook costs. I'll clear the path for all students to join ASI clubs, and give the clubs themselves more power. I will publicize ASI events and operations so that all students are connected to the government. I'll reorganize the Rec Center so that regular and casual users alike can get the most out of their time at the gym. Cal Poly student government needs to break from the status quo. It's time for a candidate that brings a fresh and professional perspective to the office of ASI President. It's time for Alex Bires. 
Hi Mustangs! My name is Mark Borges, and I am a third year Environmental Management and Protection major. Currently, I serve as Chair of the ASI Board of Directors – one of three corporate officer positions within ASI. Thanks to this experience, I know the structure and influence of Student Government, have built relationships with senior administrators, and I understand how to best represent students. If elected, you can expect an ASI President who is passionate about understanding our campus experience for students of all identities. I would empower my cabinet to be easily accessible and build relationships with students to bring your ideas and concerns to the forefront of discussions. I want to address student issues from a collective standpoint by bringing together all those invested in a specific issue. Let’s root ourselves deep in what is important to us, but branch out to continue cultivating the Mustang experience. 
Hello! My name is Henry Broback. I am a second year Communication Studies major from Chaska, Minnesota. I am also the 2019 Cal Poly Dance Marathon External Director, a CLA ambassador, a Zumba instructor at the Rec Center, former Trinity Hall President, former University Housing Community Standards committee member, and a proud community advocate. I seek election for ASI president because I want to continue the meaningful work that our current ASI leadership has committed to and expand on it. The most useful thing I’ve learned in every leadership role I’ve held is to learn what I don’t know. As we confront issues that have long existed on our campus like a need for equal opportunity, school affordability, and cultural awareness, I promise to seek all groups on campus with an open mind and heart as I seek to help people with different perspectives and experiences than my own. 

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences


4 Seats are available.

Hello, my name is Matt Borda, a sophomore Agricultural Systems Management major from Bakersfield. I am running for the Board of Directors in order to make a positive impact on our campus as a representative for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. I bring years of student leadership with a hardworking attitude in order to be a successful student advocate. I am an active member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and hold the position of philanthropy chair. A vote for me is a vote to keep our great college thriving, improving, and the student voice heard.  
My name is Chloé Fowler, I am a third year agricultural communications major with minors in law and society and agribusiness. I had the pleasure of serving on the ASI Board of Directors this past year representing the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and would love to continue serving you. I am highly involved throughout campus throughout different organizations including Sigma Alpha, CAFES Ambassadors and various other organizations. I am also employed on campus with the Brock Center for Agricultural Communications, an on campus center focusing on connecting the agricultural industry, the media and the public. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving the students of CAFES and representing them throughout campus. It is crucial that we maintain a presence in the campus community and discussion and I believe I can be the representation CAFES continuously needs. 
My name is Hannah Gill and I’m a second year Animal Science major, double minoring in Agricultural Leadership and Biotechnology. I grew up immersed in the agricultural industry and am passionate about making connections with others. I currently serve as the Agricultural Council Representative for Agricultural Leadership Society. It is my desire to use my first-hand knowledge of the industry and leadership experience to inspire those around me about the vital importance of agriculture through student events and outreach. As a hopeful member of the ASI Board of Directors, I will be highly involved and attentive to the voices of my fellow students. I pride myself in being people-oriented, empathetic, adaptable, and respectful to other’s beliefs. I’m excited to step up as a leader for the College of Agriculture and look forward to implementing positive growth in the campus community.  
My name is Julia Hizami and I am an Environmental Management and Protection major in CAFES. I am running for a position on the Board of Directors and it is my goal to help you S.E.E. why I am the best candidate for the job. I will strive to make our campus more SUSTAINABLE and help our community understand why this is a vital issue. I will consider your EXPECTATIONS and not only live up to what you expect from a Board leader, but I will also fight to fulfill our hopes for a more conscious and compassionate campus. Lastly, I will provide my EMPATHY for each of you, ensuring I consider your needs while serving as your representative. I am running for this position because I care about you, the students at Cal Poly. Let’s S.E.E. the future together in 2019-2020! 
Ability, Hope, Voice. As Cal Poly students, we all have the ability to achieve great success. I want to use my abilities to make an impact on this campus. Serving this past term has given me opportunities on campus to make a difference and progressively change the campus climate. Hope. We all have hope to change the current campus climate. Hope is the feeling that pushes life forward and this campus. With hope and faith, I will push our campus to be its best and hear the minds of the underrepresented. Board of Directors is for the people, by the people. If given this opportunity again, I would hold that true to my heart and use my voice to help the students get their voices out. A voice is what is going to make this campus more sustainable, inclusive, and Cal Poly proud. 
My name is Maya and I grew up in Las Vegas and currently live in New Jersey. As a Nutrition major and Fruit Science minor, I’d love the opportunity to serve the students of CAFES as your representative for the ASI Board of Directors. I have had the chance to experience and gain understanding of many different aspects of CAFES and wish to use this experience as an advantage to better our college. I believe I am uniquely equipped to embody the distinct subjects within CAFES. If chosen as your representative, I will work towards improving Cal Poly to make it better for us students. I hope you give me the opportunity to represent our college this upcoming school year.  
“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care”. Within guiding values revolved around understanding, support, and guidance, I truly care for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences and Cal Poly. I desire to serve on the ASI Board of Directors so I may commit my strengths and virtues to bettering the institution that has given my colleagues and me opportunities to enhance ourselves. I want to understand the student body, so I may support the many endeavors of my peers, and guide them to their success by promoting and creating programs meant to improve our college experience mentally, socially, and physically. My extensive service to CAFES as an ambassador, open house sub-committee chair, State Finals Master of Ceremonies, and Latinos in Ag demonstrates I care, and I can represent the college at the university level.  
Hi everyone! My name is Maxwell Ortgies and I’m a second year Food Science student. I believe one important aspect I embody that makes me a great candidate for the ASI Board of Directors is my compassion towards others. Compassion works to build a collaborative culture by inviting all individuals to contribute to the group’s overall goal. Compassion leads individuals with positivity and constructive insights in an effort for people or a community to strive to be their best. And compassion reveals itself by listening to everyone and actively responding to their valuable input. I believe this is a very important characteristic to have when representing my fellow students, and I am confident that I will bring compassion to CAFES, ASI, and Cal Poly. Thank you, and I hope for your consideration.  
As a fifth-generation dairy farmer, I understand the value of production agriculture, especially at Cal Poly. It’ll be my priority to ensure that our college’s land is protected, facilities continue to be updated, and the student voice is heard. I also understand that our college has a wide range of majors which are connected by food and experiences. While embracing change and respecting traditions, I hope to combine together our majors and our voice to strive for growth in CAFES. I am currently a member of ACT, Dairy Club, and CAFES Ambassadors. Additionally, through serving as a California FFA State Officer, I have experience in listening and representing a united voice. I hope to advocate for the 3,900 voices of our college if elected to the Board of Directors.  
My name is Kaleb Roberson and I am a second year Agricultural Science major with a minor in Agribusiness and I am excited to say that I am running for ASI Board of Directors. I currently am a student assistant in the Agribusiness department and have written for the Brock Center for Agricultural Communications, as well as have been involved with CAFES Ambassadors and have represented Cal Poly at the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet contest. CAFES holds a very special place in all of our college experiences. I would be proud to represent the students of CAFES, not only for all that they have done for me in my college experience, but for the importance that this college has across campus.  
My name is Cole Ross and I am majoring in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. I am running for Board of Directors for CAFES because I want to change Cal Poly for the betterment of the students and the environment. Some of my goals to achieve in ASI include implementing a zero waste system for Cal Poly, achieving carbon neutrality, and serving as a voice for the students of CAFES. These issues are crucial for the agricultural and environmental science programs on campus and they need to be addressed. Cal Poly has ignored the detrimental effects of climate change and pollution for far too long and it is time to secure a sustainable, equitable future for Cal Poly. I will work for the students of CAFES to ensure that their voices are heard. 
As a community, we are constantly striving to enrich and improve our campus. If elected as a member of the board of directors, I would like to contribute my insight as a student as well as that of my peers in CAFES. I am excited to get to use my voice in a way that enacts change, and eager to take a closer look at our campus. With a team of dedicated board members, we will find ways to change Cal Poly for the better.  
Hey guys, my name is Allie Wright and I am a second-year Environmental Management and Protection student minoring in Global Politics. I am from Santa Cruz, California. I have a strong passion for sustainability and strive to find solutions to complex problems. I am also interested in politics and policy, particularly when it comes to environmental problems. I love being at Cal Poly and I love how passionate and involved everyone here is. While on campus you can catch me studying in Baker, running at the rec, or blending shakes at Shake Smart. I hope to better everyone's experience at Cal Poly by being apart of the board of directors. I am always open to new ideas and would love to get to know all of my peers! Make sure to like and subscribe below! :p 

College of Architecture and Environmental Design


3 Seats are available.

My name is Zach Noyes and I’m a City and Regional Planning Major in CAED. I hail from Denver, Colorado and love the outdoors surrounding Cal Poly. The College of Architecture and Environmental Design is the smallest college on campus, but I believe our students are among the most passionate and have a huge role in how our campus is shaped. My plan for representing you on the Board of Directors is to keep you in the Loop: Listen to your needs and advocate for them at Board meetings, Outline the plans being made for you and our college, and Present our nationally ranked majors inside and outside of Cal Poly. It’s important to make your voice heard on our ever-changing campus and I’m here to do that! 
Hi! I am a second year city and regional planning student. I’m passionate about how communities can be improved through design and policy. As a member of Board of Directors representing CAED, I would aim to improve our campus climate and give CAED a larger voice in ASI Student Government.  
Hello all Cal Poly students! My name is Chloe Wardrick and I am a second year Architecture student and I am stoked to be running for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Board of Directors position. I was born and raised in Fresno, CA and was excited when given the opportunity to continue my education here at Cal Poly. I am a proud member of the Black Student Union as well as a Meritorious Scholarship awardee. Coming from an upbringing of being half Black and half Chumash Indian, I have faced many bouts of adversity however those events only made me the secure woman I am today. Being able to use my experiences to relate them to campus-wide decisions made on behalf of the Board of Directors will definitely establish great outcomes. I would be proud to represent CAED as well as Cal Poly in this position. Thank you. 

College of Engineering


5 Seats are available.

Hello, my name is Alan Faz and I’m an Aerospace Engineering major. During my time at Cal Poly, I have developed a strong sense of the needs of the student body. Through my involvement with student clubs and university wide committees, as well as the experience I gained as a Resident Advisor and Chair of the ASI Diversity and Inclusion Committee this year, I have the necessary skills needed to advocate on behalf of students. Some ideas I strongly believe in that I will continue to support if re-elected are that Cal Poly should be accessible and affordable for all and that we should continue to be a committed institution to support underserved and underrepresented students. I have a great deal to offer ASI and I’m confident in my abilities to bring a strong foundation of leadership that represents the needs, both socially and academically, for our student body. 
My name is Daniel Hurwitz, and I am a third-year Electrical Engineering major running for ASI Board of Directors. As an out-of-state student, I came to Cal Poly because I saw it as a welcoming place that encourages an environment allowing students to be the driving force in their own college journey. My goal on board of directors will be to facilitate and enrich this idea further by engaging with my peers, ensuring students will have the platform to become involved and make meaningful decisions for the place where they live, learn, and grow. I believe that every student deserves to get the most out of their college experience and have their voices heard as we move towards a better Cal Poly community. 
Hi! I’m a third-year biomedical engineering major with a concentration in bioinstrumentation. I have previously served as a VP of Corporate Relations for the Engineering Student Council and on Interim Dean Meagher’s Student Advisory Council both to serve as a student representative for the College of Engineering, and I would be honored to represent our college again. I am passionate about conveying student wants and needs to help make a positive impact on our campus and future students. If elected to the ASI Board of Directors, I will voice student concerns; promote actions to enact necessary change; and emphasize the importance of diversity. I am excited at the opportunity to join the ASI Board of Directors and would make it a priority to serve the college as an impactful representative.  
My name is Tess Loarie, pronouns: she/her/hers, and I’m currently a first-year environmental engineering student. Shortly after arriving at Cal Poly, I became a founding member of the student club #mustangsUNITED—trying to normalize the values of love, empathy, and respect in our community. In addition, I launched the @humansofcalpolyslo campaign in order to foster an empathetic culture. I believe empathy is an essential quality for any leader. It’s the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is my promise to understand every view, concern, and suggestion brought to the board on a genuine, personal level. My goal is simply to ensure that the elected student-government accurately represents our student-body. I urge you to join me in my efforts to create a campus climate where all students feel included, considered and represented. Thank you for your consideration. 
Hello, my name is Paulina Nguyen and I am a 3rd year biomedical engineering major with a concentration in mechanical design. I am excited to be running for a position on the board of directors and for the opportunity to represent the College of Engineering during the 2019-2020 academic year! I have had a number of leadership opportunities throughout my time here at Cal Poly, including my role as a resident advisor on campus, 2 prior years as a club officer for Society of Women Engineers, and serving on the SWE executive board as VP of Corporate Relations this year. I believe that my past leadership experience and excitement about this position will allow me to be a very successful board member and advocate for my peers. 
Hey Guys! My name is Syed Huzefa Rauf. I am an Aerospace engineering major at Cal Poly. I am running for the board of directors for 2019-20 from College of Engineering. I love hiking and love watching shows. I play soccer and read books as a hobby. I am running for the board as I believe that on campus food quality has been an issue for all of us, and it’s time to solve this problem. Bringing the best quality food on campus would be my top priority as a board of director. Only together we can solve this problem. So, if you guys want some good food, then vote wisely. Let’s do it Cal Poly.  
Hi! I’m Joe Sandoval, an electrical engineering student here at Cal Poly – I currently serve on the Board of Directors and am running for re-election. This year I’ve worked on outreach and D&I, talking to students, getting answers, holding office hours, and giving presentations to students across campus about ASI and the University’s work towards making our campus a more diverse and inclusive place. In addition to my role in ASI, I also serve as chair of the College of Engineering’s Student D&I Committee, Region 6 Student Representative of IEEE-USA, Chair of the EE Department’s Mentorship Program, and am an active member of SHPE and the EE/CPE Diversity Project. If re-elected, I plan to continue my work in Diversity and Inclusion, especially reaching out to under-served student organizations. I also plan to work on making it easier to voice your opinions to faculty and administration. Vote Joe for Board! 

College of Liberal Arts


4 Seats are available.

Hey, everyone! I’m a third-year Communication Studies major and I would love to represent you on the ASI Board of Directors! This past year, I served as Vice Chair of ASI Student Government’s University Union Advisory Board (UUAB). In this role, I observed the power of the student voice and the influence the Board of Directors can have. If elected, I will focus on three main areas: Sustainability, Empowerment, and Inclusion. I will work to make this campus more SUSTAINABLE by targeting the areas of need you, the students, see. I will EMPOWER every student to speak their mind and bring every voice into the room. I will make the campus more INCLUSIVE by not speaking on behalf of those whose voice is often forgotten, but instead bringing them into the conversation. I would be honored to serve in this role and to help you create whatever change YOU desire. 
Hello fellow students! My name is Jake and I’m a first year Political Science major planning to concentrate in American Politics. While only a first year, I’ve always been passionate about the institutions that impact our lives. Not only am I on the board for Hillel, a Jewish cultural organization, but in the last few years I’ve also served on a winning State Assembly Campaign and passed legislation in the Youth and Government program. In my free time I love basketball, good music, and hiking. Although I’ve had a great time at school, I see many opportunities to improve our campus. Student voices, particularly from underrepresented groups, must have a larger presence in impactful decisions. The CLA deserves more recognition. We must hold our administration accountable to ensure transparency. I’ll work honestly and tirelessly to accomplish our goals. Cal Poly is what we make it, so lets get to work! 
Her name was Tatum Johnson, in the sixth grade she told me my U2 Joshua Tree T-shirt wasn’t cool. What the heck, my dad told me everyone loves U2. The next day I saw her hugging Jacob Sanchez on the basketball courts, a serious low blow. She was my light house, she was my everything, she guided me into the harbor, but I could count on her love no longer. From then on, I focused completely on shredding the gnar, I no longer needed love, I only wanted to get pitted. But being the best surfer in Orange County wasn’t enough, I needed more, an that’s why I came to Cal Poly. My name is Noah Hayes, I want to speak out for all those whose hearts were destroyed by their middle school girlfriends, all those who are a little different. CLA is diverse, and I want to help.  
Hi, I’m Hunter Helfgott. I am a 3rd year Sociology major with a minor in Ethics, Public Policy, Science, and Technology, and I am running to be one of the four positive voices representing CLA students on the ASI Board of Directors. Before college, I was an active leader in my high school in Merced, CA through ASB and was Captain of the water polo team. At Cal Poly, I have served as Recruitment Officer and President for the Sailing Team, SAFER Chair for my fraternity, Vice President of Club Sports, and have been active in the Men & Masculinity and SAFER programs. As I have with my experiences in the past, I am committed to giving voices to those unheard and will be an unfaltering advocate for the College of Liberal Arts on the ASI Board of Directors. 
I am running because I want to help fund clubs that will promote diversity on campus, write a formal recommendation that all unused meal credits at the end of each quarter should be allocated towards helping the 27% of students who are fighting food insecurity, and make Cal Poly greener to support our city's goal of having 100% renewable energy by 2035. Previously, I have served for three consecutive years as class president of my high school, raising over $25,000 for my class and then served on a campaign for a city council candidate in my hometown. If you have any questions you would like to ask, you can call or text me at (805) 434-8834, email me at bckragh2000@gmail.com or arrange a meeting with me. I hope to be able to serve you to make our school a better place. 
Hello, My name is Ian Levy and I am running for ASI Board of Director (2019-2020). I am running because I believe that our student government has an impact on each and every Cal Poly student. Whether it be the way the school represents us to the community, or the way in which the administration spends our money, each of us has a stake in ASI's decisions, and I want to help represent every voice in those pivotal moments. My platform is simple. I stand for increasing inclusivity on campus, spending our money wisely on issues that matter, and maintaining our reputation among California colleges. These may sound different, but deep down they all tie into each other. We need to spend our money in ways that increase the diversity on our campus, which will ultimately help better our reputation. As your representative, I will help accomplish this. Thank you! 
My name is Jake and I'm a 2nd year journalism (public relations) major. At Cal Poly, I am heavily involved in Jewish life being a board member of Hillel and member of Alpha Epsilon Pi. I am from the bay area and in my freetime I like to play basketball. We need change. Cal Poly needs the Liberal Arts to achieve immediate recognition as a powerful and skilled college. For too long I have had to cautiously explain I am a liberal arts major at an engineering school. Reform of the Liberal Arts reputation is paramount. As are other issues, such as greater representation of all voices on campus within government and a greater connection with students to our administration. This is possible. It is within reach. The ball is in our court. With your vote, I will work for this. Give our programs the dignity they deserve.  
My name is Shayna Lynch and I am a second year Political Science major. As your representative on the Board of Directors, I hope to help foster an environment at Cal Poly where students feel empowered, loved and accepted. This year I serve as the Secretary of Health and Wellbeing on ASI Student Government's Executive Cabinet. Through this position I have spearheaded projects including Buck the Stigma Mental Health Awareness Week, It's on Us Sexual Assault Prevention Week, and Send Love. I hope to use my experience and university-wide connections to advocate for all liberal arts students. I aspire to continue my work with the Dream Center and Multicultural Center to support minority students. I will work to ensure that all voices are heard and that collectively we create a better Cal Poly.  
My name is Rob Moore and I am running for re-election to the Board for the CLA! I currently chair the Student Engagement Committee and sit on the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee, both avenues for having the student opinion voiced loudly and proudly. My greatest achievements on Board so far are authoring and passing a resolution to create more sustainable dining and leading the Know Your Vote campaign, encouraging students to vote. Outside of ASI, I serve as an elected delegate for the Democratic Party, as the Secretary of the Cal Poly Democrats, and in various capacities for the city. More than lines on a resume though, I care. I truly care about solving the issues that plague our campus. From smaller issues like student friendly parking and improved dining all the way to egregious injustices like sexual assault, a lack of diversity, and a disregard environmental sustainability.  
My time and experiences at Cal Poly have inspired me to run for ASI Board of Directors for the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Immersing myself in my surrounding communities is an immense passion of mine. Being involved in clubs and organizations such as M.E.X.A, Undergraduate Law Association, Mustang News, and Greek Life has allowed me to become connected within multiple communities inside Cal Poly and gain unique insights. These insights have helped to shape my desire to run for CLA Board of Directors. As a candidate for CLA Board of Directors, I hope to provide increased accessibility and equity through representation within my college through establishing and maintaining all relations with the students of CLA and beyond to hear their concerns and channel them in ASI affairs. If elected I will serve for the interests of all students and their academic and social needs and success at Cal Poly. 
My name is Brandon Vorrath. I am a political science sophomore and second generation Mustang. And I am running for Board of Directors to create a Cal Poly for everyone. Our movement fights for the economic and social dignity of students and includes plans to better support student renters, invest in expanding sustainability efforts at Cal Poly, promote social change to create a community that is welcoming and safe for everyone, and more. Our campaign is about having the confidence to move with the courage of our convictions. To open our hearts and listen to everyone’s perspective. To support student populations which need our help the most. I feel responsible to you, our community, and my conscience to find new ways to convert hope and inspiration into action and change. Hundreds of Mustangs have mobilized around our vision, and I would be honored to have your support on April 24th. 

College of Science and Mathematics


4 Seats are available.

My name is Nicki Butler and I am a first year Liberal Studies major. I am apart of the wonderful Chi Omega fraternity and the Greek community. My goals as your representative would be to create a better community within our school that prioritizes diversity and inclusion, respect and tolerance, and student activism and innovation. I am a qualified candidate because of my five years of experience in local government in my hometown of Dublin, California. That experience gave me the skills to work efficiently within a burecratic environment while still creating meaningful change. I also consider myself a highly creative and compassionate person and as your representative I would be more than happy to collaborate on ways to improve Cal Poly. I am running to be one of COSAM's representatives because I believe that I can use my abilities to make Cal Poly an even more remarkable place.  
Hi everyone! My name is Conner and I’m a 3rd year Liberal Studies major, concentrating in Mathematics. I have been a Resident Advisor for the past two years. My first year as an RA gave me the opportunity to work in a residence hall focused on LGBTQ inclusion and political activism. This year I now work in a hall for students in the College of Science and Mathematics. I have a deep love for Cal Poly, but I also know that things need to change. ALL students need to feel empowered to succeed in a diverse and inclusive environment that promotes respect, equity, and social justice. By combining my passion for inclusion and diversity with my experiences with the College of Science and Mathematics, I am confident I can aide our college, and Cal Poly as a whole, to grow to become a better home for everyone. 
Hello! My name is Samuel Park and I am a second year Microbiology student. I thoroughly enjoyed representing the College of Science and Mathematics on the ASI Board of Directors during this past year and I would be honored to have the opportunity to do so again for the 2019-2020 academic year. In the past year I have worked to establish relationships and connections that will allow me to make greater positive changes on campus As a Club Funding Liaison, I’ve been working to simplify the process for clubs and make the funding ASI makes available to all clubs more accessible and streamlined. I would love to continue my work to make even more programs and processes accessible and transparent for all students. If I am re-elected, I will represent our College’s values of Love, Empathy, and Respect as I did during my first year.  
Hello, my name is Ben Stanley. I am running to be your asi board of directors representative for the college of science and math. I am a second year Kinesiology major and I am running for this position because I want to enact real and substantial change within the Cal Poly Community. One of my top priorities is going to be addressing student parking needs on campus. Another part of campus I would like to address is the Cal Poly Recreation Center. As a highly involved member of the Powerlifting club I am at the recreation center every day and therefore, have a good grasp on possible improvements that can be made. As a member of this campus I care about the role that I play in this community and I hope that you want to see the same change that our campus needs. 
Hello, my name is Warner Thom. I am currently a 2nd year Biological Sciences major from Seattle, Washington. From the time spent in office hours with outstanding professors, creating bonds with my fellow classmates, and each quarter I earn a deeper respect and desire to represent these people I consider my friends. I have had the opportunity to work as a learning assistant for the chemistry department, giving me an insight into the interworkings of the college. From this, involvement with AMSA, and SWS, I have fine-tuned my leadership abilities while gaining awareness of the many things’ students of COSAM value. As one of the largest colleges on campus, your voice deserves to be heard. I want to be the bridge between students of COSAM and ASI, as these two organizations can feel so separate at times. Vote WARNER THOM for COSAM Board of Directors. 

Orfalea College of Business


4 Seats are available.

My name is Mike Davis and I am running for the OCOB Board of Directors! I am currently a 3rd year, Industrial Technology and Packaging major with an emphasis in operations. I am already an active member of Greek Life, the MultiCultural Center, and the OCOB community, and hope to add ASI to that list. I want to use my position on the Board of Directors to provide a clear voice of the people. I do not want to simply be a figurehead that stands by and agrees with the majority. I will speak out in support of my core values, including integrity, perseverance, and empathy. I promise to not blindly adhere to the demands of the school, rather I will stand for what you, the students, want from our student government. If any of this sounds appealing to you, vote Mike Davis for OCOB Board of Directors! 
As a leader among the Jewish community here in Cal Poly, I represent a small puzzle piece to our diverse campus, and as the treasurer of Alpha Epsilon Pi, I understand the importance of hearing out all members in our community before coming to a decision. I also am currently immersed in the OCOB community, as a member of CPAC and a current participant in the investment banking society's Banking 101 class, so I see directly from the perspective of us OCOB students. I want to hear your perspectives and, most importantly, stand behind the principles that make Cal Poly, and specifically OCOB, great: diversity, respect, and the entrepreneurial spirit.  
My name is Marissa Hiji, and I am a first year Business Administration student from Camarillo, CA, looking to be one of your OCOB representatives on the Board of Directors. As a first-year student, I think that I bring a fresh perspective and the ability to relate to others like me. As an Asian woman in business, I would like to work to change the current cultural and social atmosphere within the college. It would be my goal to drive a cohesively diverse environment. During my time on campus I have noticed the prevalent areas of divide between groups, but through this position I envision a chance to build a more inclusive and welcoming community. In my past and current roles in student advocacy I believe I have the understanding and knowledge to fully dedicate myself to this role. I look forward to the chance to make an authentic impact. 
Hello, my name is Harjot Sohal and I’m a second year Business Administration student with a concentration in marketing. Since high school, being involved and creating a positive influence on campus has always been important to me. I promise to collectively represent the voice of all my peers on the Board of Directors for Orfalea College of Business. I will strive to build a better community for myself, my college, and every student here at Cal Poly! 

Resources

A write-in is a candidate in an election whose name does not appear on the ballot. Voters may vote for an individual by writing in the person's name on the official ballot.

Write-in Candidacy Guidelines

  1. Any person(s) who wishes to run write-in campaigns must register their candidacy to be considered eligible to hold office.
  2. Those wishing to gain the rights granted to a registered write-in candidate may fill out the forms any time before the election. Write-in candidates must submit all required forms (Candidate Packet) to the ASI Business Office within 24 hours of the polls closing.
  3. The person(s) wishing to register as a write-in candidate must complete Candidate Filing, Statement of Honesty, Time Commitment, and Campaign Integrity Forms.
  4. Upon registering for official write-in candidacy status, those persons will be considered candidates and must adhere to all election campaign rules and guidelines.
  5. Registered write-in candidates will be allowed to participate in regularly scheduled activities which may be presented by the ASI Recruitment and Elections Committee.
  6. If a person has filed to be on the ballot for a different office and wishes to be a registered write-in, that person must sign a statement removing themselves from the ballot (see section 7.1.2. of the ASI Bylaws . Seeking Multiple Positions).
  7. Any campaign on behalf of a write-in candidate is subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the ASI Recruitment and Elections Committee and the appropriate ASI Bylaws and ASI Election Code sections.

Candidate Documents

ASI Board of Director (BOD) Candidate Important Documents

Important Documents: The important documents outline the position requirements and campaigning regulations.

ASI BOD Responsibility Guide (PDF)

This document shares the duties and responsibilities of a board member representing the Cal Poly student body. These responsibilities are derived from the ASI Bylaws.

ASI BOD Candidate Withdrawal Form (PDF)

In the event that a candidate wishes to withdraw from candidacy, they must notify the ASI chair of the Recruitment & Elections Committee by completing this form.

Election Code (PDF)

The ASI Election Code is the governing document for ASI elections. This document outlines all policies and parameters all candidates must follow.

Qualifications for Office (PDF)

The Qualifications for Office document outlines the attendance, unit, academic and disciplinary requirements and mandates for all ASI Student Government positions; including the ASI Officers and Leadership Team.

Overview of ASI Officer Roles and Board of Directors Attendance Obligations (PDF)

This document outlines the attendance requirements for ASI Officers and Board members.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CAMPAIGN TEAM DECLARATION AND STATEMENT OF INTEGRITY [Form C] (PDF)

All candidates will be held responsible for actions taken by their campaign workers, as they relate directly to the candidate's campaign.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CAMPAIGN CLOSE-OUT STATEMENT [Form E] (PDF)

The campaign close-out statement is a required document for ASI presidential candidates and is optional for ASI Board of Directors candidates.


ASI Presidential Candidates Important Documents

Important Documents: The important documents outline the position requirements and campaigning regulations.

ASI President Responsibility Guide (PDF)

This document shows the duties and responsibilities as a ASI Board member to the Cal Poly student body. These responsibilities are derived from the ASI Bylaws.

ASI President Candidate Withdrawal Form (PDF)

In the event that a candidate wishes to withdraw from candidacy, they must notify the ASI chair of the Recruitment & Elections Committee by completing this form.

Election Code (PDF)

The ASI Election Code is the governing document for ASI elections. This document outlines all policies and parameters all candidates must follow.

Qualifications for Office (PDF)

The Qualifications for Office document outlines the attendance, unit, academic and disciplinary requirements and mandates for all ASI Student Government positions; including the ASI Officers and Leadership Team.

Overview of ASI Officer Roles (PDF)

This document outlines the attendance requirements for ASI Officers.

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TEAM DECLARATION AND STATEMENT OF INTEGRITY [Form C] (PDF)

All candidates will be held responsible for actions taken by their campaign workers, as they relate directly to the candidate's campaign.

PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN CLOSE-OUT STATEMENT [Form E] (PDF)

The campaign close-out statement is a required document for ASI presidential candidates and is optional for ASI Board of Directors candidates.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions on the ASI recruitment and elections process.

If you have questions regarding the filing process for ASI president or the ASI Board of Directors, you may contact the ASI Student Government office at 805-756-1291 or Email ASI Elections.

If you would like to speak to someone in person, please stop by the Student Government office in UU Room 202 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The ASI Election Code governs all ASI elections including the annual spring election and special elections. The ASI Election Code’s policies and procedures promote the educational mission of the university, prevent violations of reasonable campus rules, avoid interference with the opportunity of other students to obtain an education, and minimize distractions from the university’s larger education mission.
ASI Board of Directors: Board members are required to attend weekly board workshops and biweekly board meetings. Other meetings include standing committees, university committee meetings, trainings, and special events. The weekly time requirement for a board member is in excess of eight to ten hours per week.

ASI President To represent the student body to their fullest potential, it is essential for the ASI president to be present and active in the corporation. All commitments considered, the time required for the position of ASI president is in excess of 40 hours per week throughout the entire year. Please review the President Responsibility Guide for details on expectations and responsibilities.
The ASI president is the only elected-at-large student leader on the ASI Officer Team. The goals of the ASI president are achieved and implemented with the assistance of the appointed ASI Executive Cabinet and chief of staff. The president shall represent the general student body and act as the official representative and host of ASI to university administration and the general public.
The ASI Board of Directors serves as the legislative body of ASI and official representative voice of Cal Poly students. Members of the Board of Directors are elected representatives of a 501 (c3) non-profit corporation. The board meets biweekly to establish policies and parameters for the affairs, properties, personnel, and operations of ASI, in addition to representing students at a campus, city, state, and federal level.
The University Union Advisory Board (UUAB) advises the university president and ASI executive director on policies, programs, and improvements related to ASI-managed facilities including the Julian A. McPhee University Union, Cal Poly Recreation Center, Cal Poly Sports Complex, and Doerr Family Field. Members engage in program assessment, budgeting and facility planning. Recruitment begins April 2019.

The ASI Executive Cabinet is comprised of members appointed by the ASI president and chief of staff who work with executive staff volunteers, Cal Poly students, ASI staff, and community members to carry out the president’s goals. Recruitment begins April 2019.
A candidate statement is your opportunity to share a brief history about yourself and why you are the best candidate for the position with Cal Poly students. Candidate statements will be published on the official ballot and the ASI website. Candidate statements must be submitted in paragraph form and cannot exceed 150 words. Statements exceeding 150 words will be truncated to meet the maximum word requirement. Statements will be published as received, therefore grammatical or spelling errors will not be corrected.
Pre-Candidate: A pre-candidate is a student who takes action (whether written or oral) to seek election before or by the filing deadline as an officer or board member before the Dean of Students office determines eligibility.

Candidate: A candidate is a student who has filed a Candidate Packet under the ASI Election Code. The Dean of Students office shall decide the eligibility of any candidate for an ASI office before putting his or her name on the ballot. For write-in candidates, eligibility shall be determined before the election results are announced.
To withdraw from candidacy, candidates must fill out a Withdrawal Form and turn it in to the ASI Recruitment and Elections Committee. The Withdrawal Form is found in the important document section of the ASI elections website. If a candidate withdraws, any votes cast for the candidate will be void.
A write-in candidate is a student who takes action to seek election as an officer or board member who has not filed a Candidate Packet within the candidacy deadline as prescribed in the election timeline. The write-in candidate's name will not appear on the official ballot and will have to be written in by the voter.
The Write-In Candidate Packets for ASI president or the ASI Board of Directors must be submitted to the ASI Business Office within 24 hours of the closing of the polls. Those wishing to register as a write-in candidate may do so prior to the closing of the polls. Once write-in candidacy registration is completed, those persons will be considered candidates and must adhere to all election campaign rules and guidelines.
Cal Poly students may only vote for Board of Director candidates from their own college. No votes may be cast for candidates outside of their own college.
The campaign close-out statement is a required document for ASI presidential candidates and is optional for ASI Board of Directors candidates. The final campaign close-out statement must be submitted to asielections@calpoly.edu or the ASI Student Government Office no later than Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. The campaign close-out statement can be found in the documents tab on the ASI elections webpage. Per the ASI Election Code, the cost of a presidential campaign shall not exceed $1,750 in total campaign expenditures from all sources. Candidates for ASI president must complete the campaign close-out statement and include all expenditures and all receipts for expenditures, including donated materials used by candidates and their campaign workers. The estimated value of campaign materials is subject to verification by the Recruitment and Elections Committee. Any misleading or fraudulent campaign close-out statements made by a candidate, pre-candidate, or write-in candidate shall be considered an election violation and subject to disciplinary action.

Instant Run-off Voting

Instant run-off voting will be used in the ASI election for presidential candidates only.

instant run-off voting explained

How instant run-off voting works:

Ballots assigned to eliminated candidates are recounted and distributed to one of the remaining candidates based on the next preference on each ballot. This process continues until one candidate wins by obtaining the majority of votes.

Example:

If there are four candidates (A, B, C, D) for ASI president and 9,500 Cal Poly students vote in the election, one of the candidates would need to receive 51% (4,751) of the total votes to be elected.

Initial Voting:
A: 3,786
B: 2,412
C: 2,111
D: 1,191

Since candidate D received the fewest number of votes, they would be eliminated. Their votes are redistributed to the next preference on voters ballot.

Step 2:
A: 4,197
B: 2,579
C: 2,724

Since candidate B received the fewest number of votes, they would be eliminated. Their votes are redistributed to the next preference on voters ballot.

Step 3:
A: 5,412
B: 4,088

Since candidate C received the fewest number of votes, they would be eliminated. Their votes are redistributed to candidate A.

Step 4:
Candidate A received the majority of votes and is elected as ASI President.

Technical Difficulties on Election Day

If you experience a problem on your Cal Poly Portal (login or password) contact Cal Poly ITS at 805-756-7000.
If you experience a problem, contact ASI Student Government at 805-756-1291.
Paper ballots are available in the Dean of Students Office (Bldg. 81) for students who are not able to vote electronically.

Contact Information

Maggie Cheung

Chair, ASI Recruitment and Elections Committee
805-756-1291
Email Recruitment & Elections Chair

Sarah Downing

Vice Chair, ASI Board of Directors
805-756-5814
Email Vice Chair of Board

ASI Student Government Office

805-756-1291
Email ASI Student Government

Blanca Martinez-Navarro

Dean of Students Representative
805-756-2472
Email Blanca

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