It is bittersweet to think that my time at LMU is coming to an end. As your undergraduate student body president, my job has always been to empower and amplify student voices. Now, it is your time to use your voices to select the next group of ASLMU leaders for the undergraduate community. Here are some reasons why I believe it is important to vote in this election:
Ultimately, representation matters. This week, you have the opportunity to choose who will represent you over the next academic year. The students you choose as your next president, vice presidents, and senators will serve as the primary liaisons to the university’s senior leadership and will choose strategic initiatives to focus on throughout the year. Electing people who you believe represent the future of LMU and the potential that the institution possesses is crucial.
Additionally, civic engagement is a learning process. As we navigate adulthood, we should also be growing in our understanding of how to engage civically. After all, when we vote in local, state, and national elections, we vote on issues that can change many lives. Student government, to me, is a perfect way to begin the habit of listening, engaging, and voting on issues that affect us. In these elections, we are called to think critically about how a candidate will lead and represent each and every one of you.
The voting period is open now through Thursday, March 24 at 5 p.m. ASLMU will be tabling around campus, including at Wellness Wednesdays, and will be offering lots of amazing incentives to vote in this year’s election. Our goal is to see a 60 percent voter turnout and I know we can crush that goal.
Thank you for your participation and check @MyASLMU on Instagram for more information on elections and more information on write-in candidates who will not be included on the ballot. I commend all the candidates for the care they have put into their campaigns and wish them luck over these next couple of days.