Official SGA election results for the 91st administration

Kaelen Thomas and Nigel Walton faced off on the debate stage, now they will face off in the runoff election. Photo by Shel Levy | The Signal

Editor’s Note: This page will be updated with the full results of the general election and runoff election as they are finalized.

March 17 at 10:45 a.m.

Presidential candidates react to the runoff

Kaelen Thomas and Nigel Walton head to a runoff despite each expecting to take the presidency in the initial vote March 10-12.

Thomas knew the chances of a runoff would be higher due to the number of candidates. He expected his competitor to be Walton.

“The hope was to win the election without the runoff, but of course with four candidates it’s very easy to go into a runoff,” he said. “If I was going into a runoff, I expected it to be Nigel but I did hope it was someone else.”

Thomas said he hoped it was someone else because he didn’t want the election to come between his friendship with Walton.

He also said his team is working on ways to get students to vote even though we’ve shifted to online classes for the remainder of the semester.

“The options are definitely limited. The traditional ways we would get people to vote, we can’t do that now because nobody will be on campus,” Thomas said. “The team, right now, is working on some new and innovative ways to reach out to students and I think social media will definitely be a platform that we use.”

Walton was excited to hear about the results but said his work isn’t done.

“I’m excited but I realized there is still more work to do and I’m ready to get that work done,” he said.

Walton is aware of the difficulties his campaign will have during Georgia State’s break from campus but he plans to use social media to his advantage as well.

“It’s going to be a struggle, we all know the coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot in a week,” he said. “One thing that I’m focused on is social media turnout and really using my network to get the votes that I need. We are going to try our best to reach out to every student in a fashion that we can get even better numbers than we had [last week].”

In an earlier update of this article, it was mentioned that — a runoff means that no single presidential candidate received more than 15% of the votes than the other candidates in last week’s election, according to Article 10(A)(b) of the SGA Election Code

Walton received 12.8% more votes than Thomas, 25 votes shy of the 15% margin.

“I really did not expect to come 12.8% behind Nigel, but I don’t believe that’s not a gap we can’t close when it comes to the runoff,” Thomas said.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article didn’t include Kaelen Thomas’s reasoning as to why he hoped his runoff competitor would be someone other than Nigel Walton.

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

 


March 16 at 7:20 p.m.

Official SGA election results for the 91st administration

 

 

General Election Result Analysis

 

Tonight, runoff elections and winners were announced for the 2020-21 school year. The university-wide president and Atlanta speaker elections head to a runoff and the Atlanta EVP was decided.

Students will now have one last opportunity to decide who will represent Georgia State as the university-wide president, Kaelen Thomas or Nigel Walton.

Thomas built his campaign on his “F.I.R.S.T.” platform. 

He plans to work toward bringing free feminine hygiene products to all campuses, increasing on-campus jobs, reducing student homelessness and promoting sustainability and transportation.

“An SGA President needs someone to stand for something, and keep students ‘first’, and that someone is me,” Thomas said in a recent interview with The Signal.

Walton uses “purpose” and “significance” to summarize his campaign. 

He wants students to find their purpose during their time at Georgia State. Walton also wants students’ time at Georgia State to make a significant impact on their life. 

“I want students to graduate and say they are one of the most complete human beings they can be because of the people, classes and professors at [Georgia State],” Walton said in a recent interview with The Signal.

Both candidates have extensive SGA experience. 

Thomas became an SGA senator and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee in 2018. He was then promoted to head senator for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2019. Thomas is currently speaker of the Atlanta senate.

Walton joined SGA in 2018 and currently serves as a senator for the Atlanta campus.

Students will also have another opportunity to choose the Atlanta speaker. Audrey Abraham and Brianna Bailey are also headed to a runoff election.

Abraham has two years of SGA experience as a senator. She plans to promote SGA visibility to students and give students easier access to their campus resources.

Bailey has volunteered with the Academic Affairs Committee since last fall. She plans to bridge the gap between SGA, students, faculty and staff.

Both runoff elections will be held on pin.gsu.edu for 24 hours on April 2 from midnight to midnight.

Takia Tinsley was announced as the winner of the Atlanta EVP election against Spencer DeHart.

Tinsley joined SGA last fall and currently holds the position as head senator of the College of Arts and Sciences. He ran on the platform to make Georgia State G.R.E.A.T. (Generous, Responsible, Engaged, Accepting and Thankful).

The final vote count across all campuses this election was 1,164 votes. Voter turnout this year was lower than the past two elections.

The 2018 election reported a total of 1,475 votes and the 2019 election reported 2,526 votes, according to The Signal’s previous election results

The full results of the election are available below, which includes senators and some vacancies. The application for these seats can be found on pin.gsu.edu and opens March 27 until all positions are filled, with priority review beginning April 9.

The roles of Communications Director and Finance Director on the Atlanta campus and University-wide Senate Clerks will be decided following the application period of March 17 through April 9, also available on pin.gsu.edu.

 

Winning Candidates and Vacancies

 

PRESIDENT

University-Wide: (RUNOFF) Kaelen Thomas and Nigel Walton

CAMPUS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENTS

Atlanta – Takia Tinsley

Alpharetta Cole Greenwood

Clarkston – Kyle Kath

Decatur – Mariya Cummings

Dunwoody – Michelle Martinez

Vacancies: Newton EVP

CAMPUS SPEAKERS OF THE SENATE

Atlanta – (RUNOFF) Audrey Abraham Brianna Bailey

DecaturDominique Whitehurst

Vacancies: Alpharetta, Clarkston, Dunwoody and Newton Speakers

ATLANTA SENATE

College of Arts and Sciences Senators 

Saadh Ahmed, Mario Calcagno, Ashleigh Cochran, Matthew Daniel, Shelby Horton, Morgan Ward 

Vacancies: Five undergraduate and two graduate senators

J. Mack Robinson College of Business Senators

Matthew Adjin-Tettey, John Le, Enrique Pujals, Sarah Saied 

Vacancies: One undergraduate and one graduate senators 

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Senator 

Chinelo Moneke 

Vacancies: One graduate senator

School of Public Health Senator 

Hewitt Mesfin 

Vacancies: One graduate senator

College of Education and Human Development Senator 

Mackenzie Minter 

Vacancies: One graduate senator

College of the Arts 

Vacancies: Two undergraduate senators

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions 

Vacancies: One undergraduate senator and one graduate senator

PERIMETER SENATES

Alpharetta

Vacancies: All six senate seats

Clarkston

Vacancies: All six senate seats

Decatur 

Vacancies: All six senate seats

Dunwoody

Senator – Betenia Tuwe 

Vacancies: Five of six senate seats

Newton 

Senators – Noor Bakhatawar, Jimmy Davis, Lavendar Harris, Gabriel Pelayo 

Vacancies: Two of six senate seats

 

Vote Totals

 

PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Total – 1164 votes

By Candidate

Nigel Walton – 507 votes, 43.56%

Kaelen Thomas – 358 votes, 30.76%

Nahom Taye – 214 votes, 18.38%

Carlos Porter – 32 votes, 2.75%

Declined to Vote for President – 53 votes, 4.55%

By Demographic

Perimeter Campuses – 136 votes, 11.68%

College of Arts and Sciences – 420 votes, 36.08%

J. Mack Robinson College of Business – 247 votes, 21.22%

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies – 87 votes, 7.47%

College of the Arts – 79 votes, 6.79%

College of Education and Human Development – 65 votes, 5.58%

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions – 48 votes, 4.12%

School of Public Health – 23 votes, 1.98%

ATLANTA EVP RACE

Takia Tinsley – 697 votes, 68.33%

Spencer DeHart – 183 votes, 17.94%

ATLANTA SPEAKER RACE

Brianna Bailey – 352 votes, 34.51%

Audrey Abraham – 304 votes, 29.80%

Nia Cole – 99 votes, 9.71%

Peter Minetos – 90 votes, 8.82%

 


March 16 at 5:25 p.m.

Audrey Abraham and Brianna Bailey head to a runoff election for SGA Atlanta speaker

According to an email from Atlanta SGA advisor Gail Sutton, Audrey Abraham and Brianna Bailey will be entering a run-off election for SGA Atlanta speaker.

Both runoff elections for university-wide president and Atlanta speaker will be held April 2. Election results will be finalized on April 6.

 


March 16 at 3:20 p.m.

Kaelen Thomas and Nigel Walton head to a runoff election for SGA president

Multiple sources have confirmed that  Kaelen Thomas and Nigel Walton will be entering a run-off election for university-wide Student Government Association president, ahead of the official vote count being released.

Current University-wide President Jazmin Mejia and Atlanta SGA advisor Gail Sutton have both confirmed this despite official results being released later today.

“Primary Election results will be sent later today to all candidates, all SGA officers, to student media and to the SGA website,” Sutton said.

Results have not yet been released for the Atlanta executive vice president and Atlanta speaker races.

While the official vote count has not yet been published, since there a runoff has been confirmed this means no single presidential candidate received more than 15% of the votes than the other candidates in last week’s election, according to Article 10(A)(b) of the SGA Election Code

According to a post on Thomas’s Facebook page which announced the runoff, voting for will take place online through the Panther Involvement Network April 2.

In an email this morning from Sutton, she said a WebEx meeting will be held with Thomas and Walton to review the rules on March 30.

Candidates are not allowed to campaign prior to the meeting, as it constitutes an election violation, according to that email.

According to Cassie Turner, election commissioner for the University-Wide Presidential and Newton EVP elections, official election results will be published today at  5 p.m.