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Valentina Mendoza Gonzalez wins Student Council presidential election, divestment referendum passes in Spring 2024 University elections

Voter turnout for the Student Council President election decreased slightly from last year

<p>She will be joined in Student Council leadership by the two other members of “The Voice Movement,” &nbsp;third-year College student Brookelyn Mitchell, and third-year Commerce student Ryan Bowers, &nbsp;who will serve as vice president for administration and vice president for organizations respectively .&nbsp;</p>

She will be joined in Student Council leadership by the two other members of “The Voice Movement,”  third-year College student Brookelyn Mitchell, and third-year Commerce student Ryan Bowers,  who will serve as vice president for administration and vice president for organizations respectively . 

Student Council President

Valentina Mendoza Gonzalez, Student Council director of coalition engagement and third-year Batten student, won the race for Student Council President over third-year Engineering student Tyler Jones. She will be joined in Student Council leadership by the two other members of “The Voice Movement,” Brookelyn Mitchell, Student Council chief of cabinet and third-year College student, and Ryan Bowers, Student Council appropriations committee co-chair and third-year Commerce student. They will serve as vice president for administration and vice president for organizations respectively. Both Mitchell and Bowers ran uncontested.

Voter turnout for the Student Council President election dropped slightly from last year, decreasing from just under 20 percent to 17.68 percent. 

Referendum

The U.Va Apartheid Divest Referendum, which calls on the University to submit itself to an external audit of its investment portfolio and divest from any companies that profit from “human rights violations,” passed in the University elections with 67.87 percent of votes in favor. The referendum was one of the items on the ballot that received the most engagement, with 30.43 percent of students casting a vote. Turnout for this referendum was substantially higher than that of last year’s multi-sanction Honor system referendum, in which 23.7 percent of the student body voted. As a non-binding question of opinion, the referendum’s result does not require the University to do anything, though the referendum itself serves as an indication of student sentiment on the topic of divestment.

Polls opened Monday morning and closed Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Detailed results and winners can be found on the UBE’s website.

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