Nineteen candidates will run in the upcoming spring election, the undergraduate student government Election Board confirmed Saturday.
Three slates, or student-run political groups, will be running candidates in the upcoming Undergraduate Students Association Council election in May. Two of the three slates, Waves of Change and MakeUCLAGreatAgain, are newly registered.
Two slates, Bruins United and LET’S ACT!, ran candidates in last year’s election. Bruins United currently holds eight positions on council and LET’S ACT! holds three.
Bruins United, which has run candidates since 2004, will run 11 candidates in the upcoming election. No candidates from LET’S ACT!, which has run candidates since 2013, will appear on the ballot in the spring election.
Rachel Kuria, slate manager of Waves of Change, said that Waves of Change aims to be an independent campus movement. Several of its political positions are similar to those of LET’S ACT!, a slate that formed in 2013 but is not running any candidates this year. Waves of Change will run three candidates.
Shubham Goel, creator of MakeUCLAGreatAgain, will be the only candidate running under the slate. Goel said MakeUCLAGreatAgain aims to be bold and revolutionary but has not yet disclosed the slate’s platform.
Four candidates running in the upcoming election currently hold positions on the council.
General Representative Danny Siegel will run to be the next USAC president. Transfer Student Representative Ariel Rafalian will run as the next Financial Support commissioner. Community Service Commissioner Zack Dameron and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Amy Shao will rerun for the positions they currently hold.
Eight positions are uncontested. A complete roster of candidates is listed below.
Denea Joseph, Waves of Change
Danny Siegel, Bruins United
Internal vice president
Sabrina Zeigler, Bruins United
External vice president
Ria Jain, Waves of Change
Rafael Sands, Bruins United
Zoe Borden, Bruins United
Sujith Cherukumilli, Bruins United
Inan Chowdhury, Independent
Shubham Goel, MakeUCLAGreatAgain
Ruchit Majmudar, Bruins United
Transfer student representative
Divya Sharma, Bruins United
Academic Affairs commissioner
Ashly Mohankumar, Bruins United
Campus Events commissioner
Jordan Dang, Independent
Community Service commissioner
Zack Dameron, Independent
Cultural Affairs commissioner
Brian Kohaya, Bruins United
Amy Shao, Waves of Change
Sandra Rhee, Bruins United
Financial Support commissioner
Ariel Rafalian, Bruins United
Student Wellness commissioner
Christina Lee, Independent