GSB to present vice president election debates


Photo: Jessica Langr/Iowa State Daily

At the kick-off of the election on Jan. 24, election commissioner Adam Guenther talks to GSB Senator Nate Byro in the Cardinal Room.

Emelie Knobloch

The Government of the Student Body will be holding its vice presidential election debate at 6 p.m. tonight in the Cardinal Room of the Memorial Union.

This is part of the 2014 GSB elections for president, vice president and Senate.

Candidates for president and vice president as of now are Khayree Fitten/Gabriel Walsh, Hillary Kletscher/Michael Hoefer, Richard Martinez/Nick Lafrenz and Barry Snell/Nathan Vos.

“The debates are still being finalized but I imagine it will be around 10 questions with one minute or 1 1/2 minute responses,” said Adam Guenther, GSB election commissioner.

Guenther said that trying to figure out the format of the debate will be challenging with four candidates.

Any ISU student who is enrolled at least part-time is eligible to run for either president or vice president.

“Students can come to the debates and meet the candidates after the debate,” Guenther said.

Guenther said the election commission will provide most questions, but if a student has a question they would like to ask at the debate, they should email him.

Guenther said your question will be looked at and if it is considered okay, the student will be able to ask their question at the debate.

“The main topics of the debate will be diversity, overcrowding, academics, student initiatives and outreach, to name a few,” Guenther said.

According to Guenther, the vice presidential debate and the presidential debate will be similar but, the presidential debate format might be changed depending on how the vice presidential debate goes.

“There are, as of now, four slates, each with a unique perspective to bring GSB,” Guenther said. “I imagine the debate will really get interesting if an issue is hit.”

Two GSB senators represent every ISU student, one for his or her residency and one for the college he or she is in

“I do not know what issue will be the hot button issue of this year,” Guenther said.

Students that would like to run for a senate position must reside in the residency they would be representing or enrolled in the college they would be representing.

The residential areas represented by GSB Senate include Campustown, Frederiksen Court, Interfraternity, Panhellenic, Off-Campus, Residence Halls and Schilletter and University Village.

“I wish all candidates the best of luck in connecting with students and sharing their visions for the future of Iowa State,” said Spencer Hughes, current GSB president.

Colleges represented by GSB Senate include all Agriculture & Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Graduate, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Veterinary Medicine.

The business senator debate will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 in Room 0294 of Carver Hall.

The presidential election will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Cardinal Room of the Memorial Union.