The only students running for Associated Student Government positions are current ASG Senator Johnathan Farmer for president, and former ASG Senator and former Inter-Club Council Committee Chairperson Angel Jimenez for vice president.
According to Marilyn Lunde, staff assistant for the Office of Student Affairs, less than five application packets had been picked up by the April 9 deadline. Students interested in running for the presidential positions for the 2012-2013 school year had until 4:30 p.m. on April 12 to turn in the packets.
In light of the recent student initiative proposition to remove the ASG from the OSA, Farmer has focused his campaign on resolving the complaints posed by the student group.
“There has been some disagreement between the ASG and members of certain clubs, certain students, faculty members at Palomar. I want to bridge that gap,” Farmer said. “When you have that many motivated and smart people, you have to find some kind of common ground.”
The vice presidential candidate agreed.
“I feel it’s important that the students know that there is a student in there that’s going to be on the ASG for them. Many of the times that I went out to ask for endorsement for my candidacy for student government, a vast amount of students didn’t understand what the student government is,” Jimenez said.
She added that she has a plan to fix that.
“(I have) grassroots ideas. A couple of times I’ve noticed (Palomar College) President (Robert) Deegan out there sitting under a canopy with a little table and banner that says ‘President’s Hour,’” Jimenez said, adding the ASG should follow his lead.
At the April 11 ASG meeting, Vice President Cody Dean expressed disappointment that only two candidates had filed paperwork and proposed possibly extending the deadline for students to turn in their election packets.
“I knew that (the elections) were going to happen, but I didn’t even know they were going on (right now),” Dean said during his executive report. “I was disappointed how little promotion was done (that) resulted in only people involved with the ASG (already) to run.”
Palomar students will be asked later this semester to vote online for the candidates. For more information, contact http://www2.palomar.edu/asg/.