Two pairs are on the ballot


Mary-Lynn Retassie

New student government senators Ryan Clark (left), Kyle Quartes Jr. (center) and Brant Durham (right) get sworn in during a Feb. 4 meeting.

Alyssa Coleman, News Editor

Pitt-Johnstown’s student government is to have new leadership as elections are to be held next month.

Student Experience Committee Chairman Devin Seiger is running for president with Student Involvement Committee Chairwoman Tessa Fry as his vice president.  

Treasurer Olivia Albert is also running for president with Secretary Rebecca Stefanyak as her vice president.

Whichever team is elected is to take over for President Sam Miller and Vice President Gretchen Shepard, who ran unopposed last election.

According to Miller, candidates are required to submit petitions with a combined 250 student signatures to be on the ballot.

Students who wish to become senators also must submit a petition, but are required to have only 75 signatures.

“The petitions are due Feb. 15 at noon,” Miller said.  “Elections are going to be held March 25 to 29, and the results will be announced the following Monday.”

Seiger said he is confident that he and Fry will have a successful election, but has confidence that whoever is elected will continue to improve and expand student influence.

“I decided that I felt comfortable in my ability to lead, and I wanted to get a chance to continue the good change that has been going on under (Miller),” Seiger said. 

Fry said she and Seiger decided to run for president and vice president after having a conversation and deciding they would have a good impact on their peers.

“We wanted a competitive election this year,” Fry said. 

“Devin and I reach a large portion of the student body due to our involvement in different things on campus and feel we can get their perspective on things.”

Executive Board members, such as the student government secretary and treasurer, are appointed by the president and vice president or senators.

Stefanyak said she and Albert were inspired to run for president and vice president after they were named Allocations Committee co-chairwomen.

“From the beginning, we worked well together and were able to make positive changes within our committee,” Stefanyak said.  

“We are both very passionate about making the college experience the best it can be for all (Pitt-Johnstown) students.”

She said she is excited to have the opportunity to run for vice president.

“Ever since I became a (student government) senator my freshman year, I fell in love with the idea of making a difference on campus and helping students have the best experience possible here,” Stefanyak said.  

“The fact that I am almost a senior and am possibly able to move up in leadership is surreal to me.”

Stefanyak said candidates who do not win the election are either appointed or voted on to the Executive Board or become regular senators.

No other senators have announced plans for running for president or vice president, but Stefanyak said there are many student government members who are qualified for either position.

“We have many strong and qualified members who would be more than capable of running,” Stefanyak said.

When voting for elections is open, students can vote for president and vice president by signing into Campus Services.  

Senators who collect their required signatures automatically become student government members again without an election unless there are more candidates than open seats.