The 2007 Grand Marshal Primary Elections results were announced Monday evening after a record number of students turned out to vote. A total of 2,248 students voted in the primary that took the Rules and Elections Committee an extra three hours to tally.
The results for the GM primary were originally planned to be announced at 11 pm on Monday evening; however, as RNE hadn’t finished counting all the votes at that time due to the unusually large turnout this year, the announcement was pushed back and the final results weren’t announced until about 2:15 am.
The primaries placed Julia Leusner ’08 and Sadra Azizi ’09 as the two candidates for Grand Marshal who will be participating in Thursday’s election. Leusner received 1,026 out of the 2,248 votes, which was 45.6 percent of the voting population, and Azizi came in at 746 votes, or 33.2 percent. Kevin Morenski ’08 came in at around 12.1 percent with 272 votes and write-ins accounted for 154 votes, or 6.9 percent. Two ballots were unaccounted for.
Azizi and Leusner will spar in the GM Week Final Debates, which will be held this afternoon in DCC 308 at 3 pm.
“It’s still anyone’s election,” Azizi said following the announcement of the primary election results. “But these results showed me that I need to reach out to more students with my message and platform.”
Leusner was very pleased by the outcome of the primary. “I’m very excited about how things turned out. It was the result of talking about the issues that matter to students and showing them that I have the best plan to solve these problems,” she said. “I believe the high voter turnout shows just how much more important this election will be than any in recent memory, and it’s proof that RPI students are ready to expect more from their student government.”
Even Morenski was happy with the results. “Given that I entered the race so late, it’s great to know that I received the support that I did. I will definitely use what I learned this year when I run again next year, and I wish the best of luck to Julia and Sadra,” he said.
“I would like everyone to know that I ran primarily to have a good time; these last two weeks have been filled with so much excitement and fun. I would encourage everyone who has never run for an office to give it a shot—you have absolutely nothing to lose.”
The final elections for Grand Marshal and President of the Union will take place this Thursday, beginning at 9 am in the DCC, Commons, and the Student Union.