Written by Joe Adgie
William Jimerson walked away from the Student Union on Tuesday night the SGA president-elect, having scored a victory that political pundits would call a “landslide.”
Jimerson won with 868 votes out of the 1,262 – or 68.8 percent – of all votes cast.
The crowd cheered as results were announced.
“I am just overwhelmed, and I would like to thank my supporters, campaigners and the team of students,” Jimerson, a junior international business major, said. “And thanks to the VSU community for trusting me to become the SGA president.”
Jimerson expressed that he wasn’t overly surprised with the huge margin of victory, but was hoping for the best.
“I was expecting the best, and praying for the best, and hoping for the best, and Valdosta trusted me to take the position, so I am grateful,” Jimerson said.
In the race for comptroller, Ericka Adams and Micah Howell, the top two vote receivers, will go to a runoff which will be held on Monday. Howell received 474 votes while Adams received 416.
The third candidate, William Mast, received 372 votes and will not be part of the runoff.
This came one day after the SGA announced that there had been unspecified infractions and violations that would require the announcing of the results to be held off.
“We were in meetings all day,” Sylvester said. “We started trying to resolve it, and we literally got up and left the meeting to make the announcement outside.”
Though Sylvester acknowledged these infractions, there has been no mention of what they entail.
Voter participation increased from the 1,185 votes last year with 1,262 votes casted in this year’s election.