Downing and Havens win ASG election

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Allegheny Student Government announced that Shane Downing, ’11, will serve as the President of ASG and Jamie Havens, ’11, will be the Vice President for the 2010-2011 academic year.

“I found out that we won a little after 5 p.m.,” Havens said. “The first person I told was my dad. I haven’t had the chance to talk to Shane yet because of the time difference so I e-mailed him.”

Downing and Havens will barely have enough time to celebrate, as their work begins immediately.

“We have to pick the new cabinet members by March 12, so I have to start working on things tomorrow,” Havens said.

The Downing and Havens team initially thought they would face some difficulties because Downing is studying in Australia this semester.

“It actually wasn’t that bad,” Havens said.

From the Facebook Group - "Vote Downing/Havens for ASG President/Vice President" - Downing (left) and Havens (right) will lead ASG next year.

“Shane and I planned a lot before we left. All of the posters and the little slips that you saw, Shane made them. It was a little bit stressful but overall it was good because we prepared a head of time for different situations and we also had the support of our friends, which was great.”

Though the election is over and it was not the way that the ticket of Shears and Forgie hoped it would go, they still remain upbeat.

“I want to say congratulations to Shane and Jamie on a well run campaign,” said current ASG class of 2012 President Corey Shears.  “The students voted for candidates who they think will do the best jobs. I trust their votes and I think they [Downing and Havens] will do a great job.”

Shears and Forgie plan on remaining involved with ASG.

“I look forward to running again next year and working with Shane and Jamie,” Shears said.

Corey Shears and Kami Forgie are both members of the class of 2012. They will have the opportunity to run for ASG President and Vice President next year.

The exact numbers of the election were not posted this year. There were 496 votes, which was approximately 24 percent of the student body, according to Director of Student Voting Stephanie Albert, ’10.

In addition to the main candidates, there were two write-in tickets. Both received under 5 votes.

Allegheny Student Government (ASG) holds their next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Campus Center room 301 at 7 p.m.