MSA election results in runoff

Thursday, November 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:04 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

MU students voted this week to choose the leaders of their governing body. The result: a runoff election.

The outcome of the Missouri Students Association Executive Election, which was held Nov. 8-10, was announced Wednesday evening in front of Jesse Hall. The runoff election will take place because none of the four presidential tickets received more than the required 35 percent of the vote.

Anton Luetkemeyer and Cheryl Tomes, who received 30.2 percent of the vote, will run against Ben Coen and Craig Kleine, who won 25.6 percent of the vote. The runoff will be held Dec. 6-8.

Tomes, who is running for vice-president, said she was happy with the outcome.

“I have never worked so hard in my whole life,” Tomes said.

Tomes added that she and Luetkemeyer will continue to push their platform, which includes increasing participation in STRIPES, the late-night free-ride service, by allowing students to get community service hours by volunteering for the program. The duo also wants to increase the number of emergency phones on campus.

“I believe that Tony and I are both extremely qualified for the job,” Tomes said.

Kleine, Coen’s running mate, said he felt humbled by coming in second, but added that the pair would have to work harder knowing they trailed in the initial vote. In order to promote their ticket, Kleine said, they will talk to more classes, hang up more signs and increase the number of handbills distributed. Kleine and Coen’s platform includes pushing for later library hours and bringing new faces to MSA.

“We think our experience at Mizzou makes us better candidates for the position,” Kleine said.

Tara Brandenburger, chairwoman of the MSA Board of Elections Committee, said she was not surprised by the results. Because there were four strong slates, she said she expected the number of votes from the strongest candidates to be split.

A revision to the MSA constitution passed in the election with the support of almost 90 percent of the voters. The revision will allocate seats in the MSA Senate based on the number of people in a university-recognized living unit on the first day of the academic year, rather than November of the previous academic year. University living units include dormitories and Greek houses.

More than 5,300 students voted in this election, making it the third-highest participation on record.

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