SJC Brooklyn students hit the polls this week to select the next Student Government Association president.
Amarfi Collado, a junior and a member of the campus’ dance team, is going head-to-head in the friendly presidential race against Santiago Marin Araque, a sophomore and a midfielder on the men’s soccer team, to be the leading voice of the students on campus for the 2019-20 academic year.
The opponents addressed their peers during a forum hosted by the SGA on Monday afternoon. During the forum, SJC Brooklyn students had the chance to meet the candidates and publicly ask them questions about their ability to head the class.
Both candidates came to the forum full of energy and ideas about making the campus a better place for students and getting more of their peers involved in college activities. The only contested race on the executive is for president. Lauren Quesada, a junior on the women’s basketball and soccer teams, is the SGA president for the current academic year.
The following students are running uncontested for seats on the board: Gabriella Fielding for vice president, Rebecca Derosa for secretary, and Juan Herran for treasurer.
Polls will stay open in the MySJC portal until 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Meet the Candidates:
Name: Amarfi Collado
Major: Criminal justice major, with a double minor in psychology and philosophy
Graduation year: 2020
Why I should be president: “I am running for president because I care about community. Everyone in this community is important. That includes late night students and Saturday students … If I become president every single student’s opinion will be taken into account.”
Name: Santiago Marin Araque
Major: Computer science
Graduation year: 2021
Why I should be president: “I want to be president for the people. Personally, I feel like this job is about reaching out to the community. That means reaching out to the person who is really shy … and talking to them and inviting them to events. They will become our friends. We need to start making those connections and growing our community.”