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Kerckhoff Hall, where the Undergraduate Students Association Council offices are housed, is pictured. This spring’s USAC election will see 40 candidates and one referendum. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By Catherine Hamilton

April 16, 2024 9:48 p.m.

UCLA undergraduate students will vote on 40 candidates and one referendum in the upcoming Undergraduate Students Association Council election.

Voting will open on the MyUCLA website May 3 at 2 p.m. and will close May 10 at 2 p.m. The USA Elections Board will announce the results May 10 at 8 p.m. The elections board and the Daily Bruin will co-host candidate debates May 1-2 at 6 p.m. in the De Neve Auditorium.

Referendum

The Establishing Meaningful Bruin Resources, Activities, Community & Experiences referendum, if passed, will impose a $24 increase to the student union fee, raising the overall fee from $23 to $47.

If passed, the referendum would establish a Disability Cultural Resource Center in Ackerman Union, subsidize the cost of food at UCLA stores, increase student wages by $1 and fund a Graduate Student Support Program.

For the EMBRACE referendum to pass, 20% of undergraduate students must vote in the election, and 50% of those voters must approve the referendum. Last year’s election saw a 23% undergraduate student turnout.

Candidates

President (6)

  • Joshua Bances, a third-year political science and public affairs transfer student
  • Chloe Garton, a second-year economics and public affairs student
  • Katie Pool, a third-year business economics student (incumbent general representative)
  • Tajvir Singh, a third-year political science student
  • Adam Tfayli, a second-year human biology and society student (incumbent international student representative)
  • Elena Yu, a third-year cognitive science student

Internal vice president (3)

  • Josh Garland, a third-year history and political science student
  • Joe Lin, a second-year computer science student
  • Ishan Misro, a first-year computational biology student

External vice president (3)

  • Faith Choi, a first-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student
  • Javier Nuñez-Verdugo, a third-year cognitive science student
  • Emma Zhou, a third-year public affairs student

General representatives (9)

  • Diego Bollo, a second-year labor studies and political science student
  • Tommy Contreras, a second-year political science and public affairs student
  • Maayan Goldman, a first-year psychology student
  • Harvind Grewal, a third-year political science transfer student
  • Colin Ignazio Geisen, a first-year student
  • Chris Ramsey, a second-year mathematics/economics student
  • Evie Sijl, a third-year history transfer student
  • Vikas Sundar, a second-year statistics and data science student
  • Eli Tsives, a first-year theater student

Academic Affairs commissioner (1)

  • Cristopher Espino, a second-year education and social transformation and political science student

Campus Events commissioner (1)

  • Robbie Hall, a third-year history and political science student

Community Service commissioner (1)

  • Carolyn Wang, a third-year public affairs and statistics student

Cultural Affairs commissioner (2)

  • Lekhna Kumaraswamy, a first-year mathematics/economics student
  • Alicia Verdugo, a third-year education and social transformation and sociology student (incumbent)

Facilities commissioner (1)

  • Alexandra Paul, a third-year public affairs student

Financial Supports commissioner (3)

  • Jean Pierre Etcheverry, a second-year student
  • Nico Morrone, a second-year financial actuarial mathematics student
  • Jonah Nazarian, a first-year business economics student

Student Wellness commissioner (4)

  • Reuben Broudy, a first-year political science student
  • Chiara Frank, a third-year neuroscience student
  • Evangelina Ocampo, a psychology student
  • Paige Zwerner, a first-year student

Transfer student representative (4)

  • Michael Green II, a gender studies transfer student
  • Carlos Rodriguez, an economics transfer student
  • Mona Tavassoli, a third-year political science transfer student
  • Benjamin Tsimmuaj Lee, a third-year political science transfer student

International student representative (2)

  • Reagan Scorpio Lee, a business economics student
  • Syed Tamim Ahmad, a second-year physiological science student
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Catherine Hamilton
Hamilton was the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor.
Hamilton was the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor.
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