A.S. Elections 2017

Associated Students Elections Board released in March its official list of candidates seeking elected office in spring.

There are a total of 52 candidates running for A.S. seats, most of whom fall under one of two parties: Campus United and the Isla Vista Party.

A.S. PRESIDENT

Nawar Nemeh

Isla Vista Party

Nawar Nemeh, a third-year history of public policy major, is the IVP candidate for A.S. President.

Nemeh said he has been involved with A.S. “basically since [his] first day here at UCSB.” He was elected as an on-campus senator in 2015 and served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

He said he sees A.S. as an “ever-transitioning institution” that is “constantly changing to meet student needs,” which he said is the reason he chose to run for president.

Nemeh is one of the founding members of the Isla Vista Party, a new A.S. political party involving many students from last year’s Peer Action Coalition and The Response. Nemeh told the Nexus in February that the aim of the Isla Vista Party is to prioritize local interests.

According to Nemeh, the most pressing issue facing UCSB students is the cost of attendance, which includes tuition hikes, increases in housing costs and other “periphery costs” that are “constantly eating away at your bank account without you knowing.”

“We could all do something together to make sure students aren’t facing those burdens and everyone is able to thrive at UCSB,” he said.

Hieu Le

Campus United

Hieu Le is a third-year political science major running for A.S. president with CU.

Hieu Le is a third-year political science major running for A.S. President with Campus United. Le has worked with the UCSB Lobby Corps and is a delegate for the California Democratic Party in Assembly District 37.

He said he is interested in making college more affordable for students, as well as focusing efforts on students’ economic concerns after graduation.

Le said that before he enrolled at UCSB as a transfer student he wrote legislation advocating for marginalized communities and worked with the California Latino Capitol Association Foundation. He said his past experiences could help him make progressive changes as A.S. President.

“As a transfer, an Asian American and I’m also a Pell Grant recipient and someone who has legislative experience, I feel I can truly represent the entire student body, and as a resident in Isla Vista, the community of Isla Vista as a whole, as well,” Le said.

Navpreet Khabra

Independent

Navpreet Khabra, third-year Asian-American studies major, is running for Associated Students (A.S.) President as a write-in candidate.

Khabra has worked on the A.S. Zero Waste Committee, Committee on Committees, Finance and Business Committee, and the UC student association (UCSA) and emphasized she is focused on streamlining the internal workings of A.S.

Khabra said she decided to run because she had several criticisms of the A.S. election season, including a lack of engagement from those in the races when they were not in the process of running.

Affordability is a major point of Khabra’s campaign. She said she will work with the UC Student Association (UCSA) in a UC-wide effort to address affordability, focusing first on public knowledge and making students aware of the tuition rises they are faced with.

“I want to just offer an alternative for people to vote, in terms of just making sure that students know that there’s, like, other people who are working for the needs of all students and not just the students that are going to vote,” Khabra said.

INTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT

Lesly Silva

Isla Vista Party

Lesly Silva, an on-campus senator and second-year political science and sociology double major, is running for Internal Vice President with IVP.

Silva said she is interested in being the Internal Vice President because she wants to “strengthen” A.S. and work to create more access to resources for students of color.

“I feel like I’ve done some really great work as a senator,” Silva said. “I feel like the next step for me to continue doing the work that I want to do to improve how students of color navigate this campus would be through this position.”

Jasmine Sandhu

Campus United

Jasmine Sandhu, a College of Letters & Science senator and third-year political science and biology double major, is running for Internal Vice President with CU.

Sandhu said she loves UCSB and I.V., and she wants to focus on reducing student fees and ensure that the university is being fiscally responsible.

“I just know that the type of person that you need for Internal Vice President needs to be ambitious and dedicated and know the school and the association inside out, and I think that that’s me,” she said.

EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT OF STATEWIDE AFFAIRS

Kristin Hsu

Campus United

Kristin Hsu, a third-year political science major, is the CU candidate for EVPSA.

Hsu said the most pressing issue at UCSB is the lack of student representation in the state and federal government. She said the government has increased tuition expenses and decreased investment in education, and she wants to extend the student voice through the EVPSA office.

“I think that the most pressing issue is definitely the fact that the state has a higher and higher disinvestment in higher education especially at the UC system,” Hsu said.

Menelik Dagnachew

Isla Vista Party

Menelik Dagnachew, a third-year English major, is running for Executive Vice President of Statewide Affairs with the Isla Vista Party.

He said he is running because he sees the disconnect between the office and the community and wants to provide the community with more access to resources.

“It’s really bridging that gap and bridging those two communities,” Dagnachew said.

According to Dagnachew, students face issues including tuition hikes and increased costs in services like mental health care.

EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT OF LOCAL AFFAIRS

Justice Dumlao

Isla Vista Party

Justice Dumlao, a second-year global studies major, is the Isla Vista Party candidate for EVPLA.

He said he is running for this position to create change on for minority groups on campus.

“I feel like it's really important to have a voice in the EVPLA office that is able to communicate well with the minority communities on campus because they’re a big part of UCSB and often they get left out of the conversation,” Dumlao said.

Dumlao also said he is interested in working on some of the most pressing issues students face, such as “mental health, race issues and finances.”

Batsheva Stoll

Campus United

Batsheva Stoll, a second-year history of public policy major and off-campus senator, is the Campus United candidate for EVPLA.

Stoll said she chose to run because she is the best person for this position, citing her volunteer experience with the campaigns behind the Community Services District, Third District County Supervisor Joan Hartmann and Congressman Salud Carbajal.

According to Stoll, the county has historically given “poor representation” to UCSB students, an issue she hopes to resolve through her relationship with Supervisor Hartmann.

“I feel like as EVPLA it would be my job to make sure that [county officials] understand what students need and they know what would be best for Isla Vista,” she said.

STUDENT ADVOCATE GENERAL

Jack Tannenbaum

Independent

Jack Tannenbaum, a third-year economics major, is an independent candidate running unopposed for Student Advocate General.

Tannenbaum said he is running for Student Advocate General because he has two years of experience working for A.S. as a “nonpartisan entity” and proxy for senators. He said issues like student fees and the affordability of college are “extremely difficult and pressing on a lot of students,” and he wants to be an advocate for students who feel their concerns are not acknowledged. “I’m striving to be a voice and guide students through a struggle where they feel like they can’t be heard,” Tannenbaum said.

OFF-CAMPUS SENATORS
(13 SEATS)

Brandon Mora

Isla Vista Party

Brandon Mora, a third-year political science and sociology double major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for off-campus senator. Mora said he declared candidacy to “help out” Isla Vista residents and to represent those who don’t usually voice their opinions.

Adnan Mansur

Campus United

Adnan Mansur, a third-year statistics major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. He said he wants to create a better environment for prospective freshmen like his sister, and the most pressing issue on campus is the lack of student resources despite the high cost of student fees.

Mara Joy Abubo

Isla Vista Party

Mara Joy Abubo, a third-year film and media studies major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for off-campus senator. As a transfer student, Abubo said she is running for Senate because she wants to create more student academic resources in Isla Vista.

Adham Btaddini

Campus United

Adham Btaddini, a second-year political science major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. Btaddini said he is concerned about the financial burden of college students, and he wants to address the welfare of the Isla Vista community.

Siboney Arias

Isla Vista Party

Siboney Arias, a second-year political science and art double major, is an Isla Vista party candidate for off-campus senator. Arias said she is interested in lowering the cost of student fees and wants to improve the “society and culture” of UCSB.

Alison Sir

Campus United

Alison Sir, a first-year political science major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. Sir said she wants to address the food insecurity issue in Isla Vista by increasing the visibility of resources like the A.S. Food Bank.

Carla Martinez

Isla Vista Party

Carla Martinez, a second-year communications major, is running as an Isla Vista Party candidate for off-campus senator. According to Martinez, there is not enough dialogue between liberal and conservative political groups. She supports consensus-building as a way of making a difference in student life on campus and in Isla Vista.

Anthony Pimentel

Campus United

Anthony Pimentel, a second-year political science major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. Pimentel said he is running because he loves UCSB and is interested in helping students access the resources that are funded by student fees.

Sami Kaayal

Isla Vista Party

Sami Kaayal, a second-year biology major, is running as an Isla Vista Party candidate for off-campus senator. Kaayal said his goals include improving the accessibility of mental health resources on campus and offering a larger voice for minorities.

Deepika Chandrashekar

Campus United

Deepika Chandrashekar, a first-year communication major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. She said she wants to run in order to make students aware of the services their money is going toward and to allow students to better use these services. She said the most pressing issue at UCSB is food insecurity.

Veronica Leeman

Isla Vista Party

Veronica Leeman, a second-year mathematical science and German double major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for off-campus senator. According to Leeman, there are not enough mental health resources for UCSB students, which makes for an “unsafe environment.”

Dominick DiCesare

Campus United

Dominick DiCesare, a third-year computer science major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. He said he feels there are a lot of unheard voices on campus and believes many are afraid to express their opinions. DiCesare said there exist various divisions throughout the campus, and he wants to foster discussion among the community.

Alexandra Gessesse

Isla Vista Party

Alexandra Gessesse, a first-year history of public policy and sociology double major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for off-campus senator. Gessesse said she is running because there is a “big misrepresentation” at A.S. for students of color. She also said mental health is a pressing issue for UCSB students.

Evan Quash

Campus United

Evan Quash, first-year statistical science and black studies major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. Quash said he is running because he loves the UCSB community as a whole and said he believes the most pressing issue UCSB faces is college affordability. As senator, he said he wants to “keep student money in A.S.”

Ilene Ochoa

Isla Vista Party

Ilene Ochoa, a third-year communication major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for off-campus senator. She said the most pressing issue facing UCSB students is “definitely tuition hikes.” Ochoa said the UC needs to maintain its current freeze on tuition.

Sophia Dycaico

Campus United

Sophia Dycaico, a second-year history of public policy major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. She said she is running because she loves Isla Vista but sees many improvements that need to be made. She said the most pressing issue is affordable housing, especially within Isla Vista, and she said she hopes to inform students of their rights.

Dhishal Jayasinghe

Campus United

Dhishal Jayasinghe, a second-year philosophy and global studies major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. He said he is running because he believes students are underrepresented, and wants to help communicate the desires of students. He said the multitude of issues students face come back to a lack of representation, which he hopes to “rectify” through the Community Services District.

Justin Deckard

Campus United

Justin Deckard, a second-year political science major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. Deckard said he is running because he feels the recent “political climate” has posed an “existential threat” to the American people, and students in particular. He said he would like to curtail the impacts of the Trump administration on students.

Kristen Armellini

Campus United

Kristen Armellini, a second-year history of public policy major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. Armellini said she is running because she loves “the experience of Isla Vista,” but believes not all get to see what it has to offer because of a lack of transparency. She said Santa Barbara County does not give proper representation to UCSB students, and she wants to communicate to the county that students “care and are capable.”

Sam Cook

Campus United

Sam Cook, a first-year political science major, is a Campus United candidate for off-campus senator. He said he is running because he has always been passionate about political affairs, and believes student fees are the biggest issue facing students, especially transfer and out-of-state students.

ON-CAMPUS SENATORS
(FIVE SEATS)

Vanessa Maldonado

Isla Vista Party

Vanessa Maldonado, a first-year undeclared student, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for on-campus senator. Having had friends who have dropped out of school, she said she wants to support first-generation, low-income students who might be struggling with financial problems.

Kevin Sabellico

Campus United

Kevin Sabellico, a first-year physics major, is running as a Campus United candidate for on-campus senator. He said the most pressing issues deal with President Trump’s recent actions, such as the travel ban and the threat of repealing DACA.

Dylan Goldman

Isla Vista Party

Dylan Goldman, first-year physics major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for on-campus senator. Originally from New Jersey, Goldman said he came to UCSB seeing a community he wanted to improve. As senator, he said he wants to facilitate artistic projects and creative spaces in Isla Vista.

Alexa Hernandez

Campus United

Alexa Hernandez, a first-year economics and accounting major, is a Campus United candidate for on-campus senator. She said the biggest issue is financial responsibility, which should be addressed by increasing accountability and decreasing student fees.

Salvador Hernandez-Arellano

Isla Vista Party

Salvador Hernandez-Arellano, a first-year political science major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for on-campus senator. He said there is a lack of communication between A.S. and the student body, partly because A.S. has become “apathetic” toward its constituents. He said a pressing issue for UCSB students is tuition increases because of its large impact on low-income communities.

Charles Neumann

Campus United

Charles Neumann, a first-year global studies major, is a Campus United candidate for on-campus senator. According to Neumann, the biggest problem facing students is the rising cost of college as well as students fees, which especially affect first-generation college students and low-income students. He said he wants to fix this by creating new sources of revenue through student-run businesses.

Jorge Santos

Isla Vista Party

Jorge Santos, first-year political science major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for on-campus senator. Santos currently serves as president of the San Miguel Residence Hall Council. He said he thinks UCSB needs to better address student mental health.

Derek Yang

Campus United

Derek Yang, first-year political science and chemistry double major, is a Campus United candidate for on-campus senator. According to Yang, classes do not have “real-world” applications, and he would like to see more classes that focus on subjects like personal finances.

Steven Ho

Isla Vista Party

Steven Ho, a first-year biology and Asian American studies double major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for on-campus senator. He said tuition hikes, student debt and food insecurity are the most pressing issues facing UCSB students.

Kiavash Sadeghi

Campus United

Kiavash Sadeghi, a first-year political science major, is running for on-campus senator with Campus United. Sadeghi said he wants to make a positive impact “throughout the community” and hopefully other colleges around the country. He said students need more resources throughout campus and Isla Vista.

COLLEGE OF LETTERS & SCIENCE SENATORS
(FOUR SEATS)

Grecia Martinez

Isla Vista Party

Grecia Martinez, a second-year sociology and economics double major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for L&S senator. Martinez said she advocates for greater transparency between students and senators who “follow their own agenda” rather than listening to the concerns of the student body.

Stoddy Carey

Campus United

Stoddy Carey, a second-year global studies and geography double major, is running for L&S senator with Campus United. Carey said he wants to increase transparency within the UC system because of UCSB’s high student fees. The rising cost of tuition is the biggest issue facing students, he said.

Bongi Makatini

Isla Vista Party

Bongi Makatini, a second-year biology major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for L&S senator. Makatini said she decided to run for Senate because she has always had an interest in getting involved in student government. According to Makatini, impending tuition hikes are a threat to UCSB students.

Grayson Hernandez

Campus United

Grayson Hernandez, a third-year political science major, is running for L&S senator with Campus United. Hernandez said she is running for this position because she has past experience working in A.S. and is motivated to continue her involvement as a senator. She said she wants to increase safety on campus and in Isla Vista so students can feel safer in their community.

Brooke Kopel

Campus United

Brooke Kopel, a second-year political science major, is a Campus United candidate for L&S senator. As senator, Kopel said she intends to fight for students’ “wants and desires” in the “academic sphere.” According to Kopel, the available academic resources on campus need to reflect the amount students pay in fees.

Andrew Banicki

Campus United

Andrew Banicki, a first-year biology major, is running for L&S senator with Campus United. He said he is running because he believes he has the “passion and eagerness” to make changes throughout the UCSB community and increase student participation in university organizations. Banicki said he wants to increase student awareness about student fees and where funds are allocated.

COLLEGE OF CREATIVE STUDIES SENATOR (ONE SEAT)

Sophia Uemura

Isla Vista Party

Sophia Uemura, a first-year chemistry major, is the unopposed Isla Vista Party candidate for CCS senator. As a senator, Uemura said she hopes to improve CCS, especially by adding a gender-neutral bathroom to the building. She said tuition hikes are a pressing issue that A.S. can hopefully address in the future.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SENATOR (ONE SEAT)

Micah Almas

Isla Vista Party

Micah Almas, a second-year chemical engineering major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for College of Engineering senator. Almas said he believes some groups have been overlooked in the past, and he wants to give them a voice. He said he also hopes to combat impending tuition hikes within A.S.

Blake Diamond

Campus United

Blake Diamond, a second-year electrical engineering major, is the Campus United candidate for College of Engineering senator. According to Diamond, engineering students are underrepresented in A.S. As senator, he said he intends to improve “academic culture” and “psychological wellness” amongst students.

TRANSFER SENATOR (ONE SEAT)

Naia Al-Anbar

Isla Vista Party

Naia Al-Anbar, a third-year anthropology major, is running as an Isla Vista Party candidate for transfer senator. She said she believes the most pressing issue is the lack of engagement of students on campus, and her goal as senator is to empower marginalized communities at UCSB.

Kian Maalizadeh

Campus United

Kian Maalizadeh, a third-year biology major, is running for transfer senator with Campus United. He said he is running for this position because he has seen many friends struggle while transferring to UCSB and wants to help other students with the transition to the university. Maalizadeh said he hopes to help increase academic support for transfer students.

UNIVERSITY-OWNED HOUSING SENATOR (ONE SEAT)

Andrea Reyes

Isla Vista Party

Andrea Reyes, a third-year communication major, is an Isla Vista Party candidate for university-owned housing senator. According to Reyes, there is currently a “large disconnection” between A.S. and the student body. She said she decided to run to address the “misrepresentation” and “miscommunication” at A.S.

Juan Manuel Perez Tejada Mir

Campus United

Juan Manuel Perez Tejada Mir, a second-year economics and accounting major, is running for university-owned housing senator with Campus United. Mir said he is “passionate about being involved” in campus affairs and, as the San Rafael Residence Hall Council President, said students who live in on-campus housing need more representation in the Senate.