College junior and current College Council (CC) President Ashish Gandhi won the Student Government Association (SGA) presidential election last night, defeating College junior and current SGA Vice President Brian Fuller by an approximate margin of 3.36 percent.
Gandhi received approximately 51.06 percent of votes, while Fuller obtained about 47.70 percent. Ballots for write-in candidates comprised approximately 1.24 percent of the votes.
“I’m obviously very happy and looking forward to getting to work,” Gandhi said. “I’m happy it was such a civil race, and I think [Fuller] had a lot of really good support, and that speaks a lot to his character.”
In addition, College junior Amitav Chakraborty — who currently serves as the CC vice-president — won the CC presidential election with approximately 50.2 percent of the votes, while current Junior Legislator and College junior Cassy Novick received approximately 37.6 percent of student votes.
However, 10.4 percent of votes were for “no confidence.” A total of 1,872 students voted in the CC presidential election.
“I promised a lot of things on my platform, and I literally can’t wait to start working on that,” Chakraborty said.
He added that he would choose a new executive board within the coming weeks, “[making] sure to pick the best and the brightest.”
The SGA vice-presidential election resulted in a run-off between Nursing School junior Danielle Zamarelli, who garnered approximately 38.08 percent of votes, and College sophomore and current SGA Representative-at-Large Bart Qian, who received approximately 21.55 percent of votes.
Neither Qian nor Zamarelli, two of four candidates who ran for the vice-presidential position, received a majority of votes which, according to the Elections Code, is necessary to determine a winner.
College junior Stephanie Llanes won the CC vice-presidential election with approximately 53.7 percent of the total 1,871 votes. College sophomore Priya Datta, who ran against Llanes, received approximately 36.8 percent of votes. About 7.8 percent of votes were for “no confidence.”
Llanes commented after the election announcements that she feels honored to have been elected next year’s CC vice president.
“I couldn’t have done it without my friends,” she said. “I had a lot of support from everyone, and I feel like this election is not just mine, but theirs as well.”
According to College senior Hannah Holtzman, who serves on this year’s CC Elections Board, there were “fewer issues” with this year’s election process than in previous years.
“It wasn’t as cutthroat,” Holtzman said. “The candidates weren’t necessarily trying to eliminate one another by disqualification. They were trying to win on their own terms.”
In the Student Programming Council (SPC) elections, College senior and former Dooley’s Week Co-Chair Will Levinson was elected president with approximately 53.36 percent of votes, and Goizueta Business School junior Bukie Adebo was elected vice-president, receiving about 60.63 percent of votes.
For the Residence Hall Association elections, College sophomore Niko Patel was elected president.
College freshman Jessica Simon was elected vice president of programming while the election for vice president of advocacy resulted in a run-off between College freshmen Andrew Mezher and Amanda Codling.
Run-off elections for SGA vice-president will take place Thursday.
This article has been modified from its original version. Originally, the article stated that Shikha Khinvasara, who will be participating in the runoff for RHA treasurer, will be participating in the runoff for vice president of advocacy instead of Amanda Codling.
— Contact Stephanie Fang.