Alex Cintron elected Student Council president

Cintron’s campaign platform included calls to increase merit-based scholarships and develop a Police Safety Student Advisory Board

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Cintron has been a member of Student Council since his first year at the University and has most recently served as Student Council’s Vice President for Administration.

Courtesy Ty Zirkle

Third-year College student Alex Cintron was elected Student Council President Friday, winning 59.8 percent of the University-wide vote. Cintron has been a member of Student Council since his first year at the University and he has most recently served as Student Council’s Vice President for Administration.

He defeated third-year College student Eddie Lin and first-year College student Jalon Daniels, who won 20.9 percent and 19.2 percent of the vote, respectively. 

According to data from the University Board of Elections, voter turnout for the race was at just under 18.8 percent.

Cintron ran on a joint ticket with Sydney Bradley — a third-year College student and Student Council veteran who won a successful bid for Vice President for Administration — and third-year College student Ty Zirkle, the Vice President for Organizations incumbent who ran uncontested in this year’s election. 

The Cintron-Bradley-Zirkle proposed a 42-page platform of reforms for “an open University,” including a push for increases in merit-based scholarships, the provision of free feminine hygiene products and the development of a Police Safety Student Advisory Board to facilitate discussions between students and the University Police Department. Cintron has also said he hopes to refine the structure of the Student Council cabinet and its meetings to increase the effectiveness of the body and to hold its members more accountable.

When asked to describe the University in one word at The Cavalier Daily’s Student Council presidential candidate forum Feb. 19, Cintron responded, “elitist.” 

Cintron is succeeding outgoing Student Council President Sarah Kenny, who is a fourth-year College student. Cintron said in a previous interview with The Cavalier Daily that he had plans to continue some of Kenny’s initiatives, including the LiveSafe incident-alert app. 

“Sarah Kenny has done a great job in trying to make this [an] organization that people feel like they belong in it,” Cintron said.

Over the course of the campaign, Lin leveled significant criticism of Kenny’s administration, which he described as “cautiously hesitant” in responding to major events like the white nationalist rallies of Aug. 11 and 12. Lin also criticized the administration for what he saw as attempts to control members of the Representative Body.         

Cintron, Bradley, Zirkle and Student Council representatives will be sworn in March 30 at a ceremony in the Rotunda. 

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