SGA kicked off what will be a month-long campaign with qualifications last Monday. Sophomores Mollie Davis and Dalton Turner announced their candidacies for SGA president, and students also signed up to run for class offices and Senator at Large.
The candidates’ presence on campus has increased along with the campaign time and spending limit. Several senatorial candidates have developed a large Facebook following, including Branden Ryan, Sharpe Sablon, and Sage Harris (running for senior senator) and Bentley Hudgins (running for Senator at Large). Javon Denson, running for Senator at Large, is utilizing YouTube, posting daily video updates on the progress of his campaign.
The presidential candidates are taking advantage of the lengthened campaign season as well.
Davis and her VP pick Joshua Lovett had a banner above Connell Student Center the day after qualifications, and they are an unavoidable presence. The two have put flyers around campus, constantly updated their Facebook and Twitter and purchased goodies like stickers for potential voters.
Turner and his VP Justin Robinson have similarly started a campaign with flyers, Facebook posts and buttons.
Davis is a sophomore double-majoring in business and English with two years of experience on SGA. She is the current Heritage Life Committee Co-Chair and is also involved in Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and Reformed University Fellowship.
Lovett is a junior double-majoring in political science and business with two years of experience on SGA. He has served on the fiscal affairs committee and the Public Relations and Elections committee. He is also a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Davis has a platform based on four central issues: Macon relationships, athletics incentive program, revamping student government and campus improvements.
“I have a vision for the future of this student body and will empower leaders from all spheres of campus to set and achieve great goals for themselves, their organizations, and their peers,” Davis said. This passion is not limited to senate meetings; it includes a passion for increased school spirit, improved campus resources, and an investment in the local community.”
Turner is a sophomore majoring in political science with two years of experience on SGA. He is currently sophomore president and chair of the Macon Connections committee. He is involved in several other organizations on campus, including Mercer Ambassadors, Mercer Service Scholars, Student Admissions Team and Alpha Tau Omega.
Robinson is a junior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with one year of experience on SGA. He is currently the Public Relations and Elections Chair. He is also a Resident Assistant for Plunkett Hall and is involved with Quadworks.
Turner’s platform covers more issues than Davis’, including community connections, the Bear Rock Cafe, athletic attendance, freshman-centered programs, a new recycling initiative and improvements to the Fresh Food Company.
“I’m passionate about the school and all the great things this university has to offer,” Turner said. “The main thing I feel Justin and I can offer is to get students excited about coming here. We have a great academic atmosphere here at Mercer, but we want to enhance the spirit here and get students more passionate about this university and what it has to offer.”
Voting for all candidates will take place the week of April 9-11.