Update 10:00 p.m. March 30: Treasurer candidate Kevin Smith Jr., previously part of the Spark the Change ticket, will join the UNITY campaign in the runoff election, according to an Instagram post on the UNITY campaign account Saturday.
Presidential candidate Jared Pinkerton of the UNITY ticket is excited to have Smith be a part of his campaign, he said.
“I am so, so excited to be running with Kevin Smith Jr.,” Pinkerton said. “I am just pumped in general at how things have worked out with Spark the Change and that our movements are coming together to accomplish the same thing, which is changing the Associated Student Government for the better.”
Associated Student Government executive candidates will compete in a runoff election April 1-3 because no candidate received more than 50 percent of votes needed to win the Associated Student Government general election, the ASG chief justice said.
The two candidates in each category who received the highest number of votes will advance to the runoff election, ASG Chief Justice Julianna Tidwell said.
Presidential and vice presidential candidates needed 2,800 votes to win the election, Tidwell said. Although 5,773 students voted in the presidential and vice presidential election, 176 students chose to skip the question, so their votes were not counted toward the majority.
Presidential candidate Jared Pinkerton and vice presidential candidate Sadie Bryant of the UNITY ticket received 2,500 votes, 44.6 percent of the eligible votes. Presidential candidate Maria Calderon and vice presidential candidate Shay Longmate of the Together We AR ticket received 2,126 votes, 37.9 percent of the votes. Pinkerton, Bryant, Calderon and Longmate will advance to the runoff election.
Presidential candidate Mariam Siddiqui and vice presidential candidate Haley Goodebiddle of the Spark the Change ticket received 893 votes, 15.9 percent of the votes, and will not be advancing to the runoff election.
Secretary candidates needed 2,733 votes to win the election, Tidwell said. Of the 5,772 votes cast, 307 students chose to skip the question, and their vote was not counted in the required majority.
Secretary candidates Jack Skidmore of the UNITY ticket, who received 2,227 votes, and John Hedgecock of the Together We AR ticket, who received 2,046 votes, will advance to the runoff election.
Secretary candidate Leyla Coronel of the Spark the Change ticket, who received 1,025 votes, will not advance to the runoff election.
Treasurer candidates needed 2,719 votes to win the election, Tidwell said.
Treasurer candidate Arianna Kiaei of the UNITY ticket, who received 2,062 votes or 37.9 percent of the votes, submitted an incomplete expenditure report, resulting in her disqualification from the election.
Treasurer candidates Kirsten James of the Together We AR ticket and Kevin Smith Jr. of the Spark the Change ticket will advance to the runoff election. James received 2,106 votes or 38.7 percent of the votes and Smith received 1,100 votes, 20.2 percent of the vote.
Out of 5,772 votes, 336 students chose to skip the question, and their vote was not included in the majority calculation.
Students may vote in the runoff election starting at 9 a.m. Monday, April 1 until 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3.
Campus News Editor Grant Lancaster contributed to this report.