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Pursley seeking reelection for CPC senator spot in StuGov

Student Government Sen. Josie Pursley is running for reelection of the CPC seat within the Senate. The photo was provided by the candidate.
Student Government Sen. Josie Pursley is running for reelection of the CPC seat within the Senate. The photo was provided by the candidate.

Student Government Sen. Josie Pursley is the only candidate running for the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) senate seat in the Student Government Senate and is running unopposed.

In 2023, 255 CPC residents voted for the only candidate on the ballot. Pursley began serving in Student Government after being confirmed to the role by the Senate in September.

Student Government is a student organization that exists to serve and represent all students, according to the student organization database. They annually distribute $2.6 million in student fee revenue to organizations on campus and in Story County.

The Student Government elections will take place March 5-6, and ballots will be emailed to students’ Iowa State email addresses.

The following interview with Pursley was conducted by email:

What are your qualifications for being a Senator?

“I am qualified to return as a Senator because I understand the position and have been doing it for a year now. I enjoy participating on Senate Wednesdays and in my committees. I also enjoy continuing to learn more throughout my time in student government.”

What are the most significant issues facing your constituents, and how will you address them?

“The most significant issues for my constituency are needing more mental health resources, more sexual assault resources, and continuing Iowa State involvement activities like homecoming. I would like to work with the incoming executive team and with the Health and Wellness Committee to make sure these things happen.”

Why do you want to return to Student Government and what are you most proud of during your time in Student Government?

“I want to return to student government to continue to write legislation, be involved in decision-making for our school community, and continue to work on projects I am passionate about. One of the biggest projects I have been working on this year is the One Sustainable Iowa Conference. It is held at Iowa State every three years and brings in participants from colleges across Iowa. It highlights learning about sustainability and getting involved in your community. This year, we are having Keynote speaker Ben Jealous who is the Executive Director of the Sierra Club and a prominent Civil Rights activist.”

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