GSB candidates fined for wandering out of the ‘zone’

Tracy Deutmeyer

Two Government of the Student Body presidential slates were fined over the weekend for displaying campaign material outside the “campaign zone.”

Brad Lozan, a sophomore in chemical engineering, and his running mate Melissa Cross, a junior in child and family services, were fined $50 Friday. Todd Swanson, a junior in accounting, and his running mate, Amber Powell, a junior in dietetics, were fined $100 Saturday.

Ryan Flaugh, election commissioner, said Lozan and Cross were fined because he found a campaign sign at Santa Fe Espresso on Welch Avenue, a location that is outside of the campaign zone and illegal according to election rules. According to the rules, areas off campus are outside the zone.

“The election commission told me that whether they think it’s wrong or not, they fined me so other candidates will not go post things off campus,” Lozan said.

Lozan said only one or two people probably saw his sign and he didn’t think it was intrinsic to his campaign.

Andy Gifford, a member of the commission, said Swanson and Powell were fined because more than one friend of the slate was wearing “Swanson and Powell” campaign buttons in a bar, which is off campus and outside the zone.

“Obviously they are wearing buttons off campus because I live off campus and I wear mine to and from campus,” said Swanson, who plans to appeal.

He said the commission only handed him a paper that stated he was fined for displaying campaign materials off campus, but he said it did not state that the fine was issued for people wearing his buttons at a bar.

The GSB Election Code states, “Campaign literature cannot be distributed or displayed outside the designated ‘Campaign Zone.’ This area includes all university-owned property, the ISU Memorial Union and the interior of the chapter houses of fraternities and sororities affiliated with Iowa State University.”

Flaugh said the commission only had evidence that people were displaying the buttons, not distributing them.

Flaugh said the charges were brought to the commission by Lozan.

Lozan said he thought Swanson’s $100 fine was excessive.