This year’s University of Maryland SGA elections will only consist of one party, with no candidates running with unaffiliated parties.
The party — Activate Maryland — began campaigning on Wednesday. The voting period will begin on April 20 at 8 a.m. and end on April 22 at 4 p.m. The new legislature will be inaugurated the Tuesday before the new legislative session’s first general body meeting.
Activate Maryland consists of 27 candidates, with junior computer engineering major Kislay Parashar running for student body president and junior government and politics major Josie Shaffer running for vice president. Parashar is currently the speaker of the legislature and Shaffer is the student affairs director.
This year’s ballot will also include a question on whether Francis Scott Key — the writer of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a slaveowner — violated the university’s values. Depending on the results of the ballot question, the SGA may create a petition and propose to remove Key’s name from Francis Scott Key Hall.
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Below is a list of Activate Maryland’s candidates and the positions they are running for:
Kislay Parashar — President
Josie Shaffer — Vice president
Shiva Vijayaverl — Chief financial Officer
Matthew Weiss — Engineering representative
Isabella Kushner — Engineering representative
Meghana Kotraiah — Agriculture representative
Michael Moreno — Arts and humanities representative
Denise Burroughs — Arts and humanities representative
Aadhiti Vallatharasu — Behavioral and social sciences representative
Jarrett James — Behavioral and social sciences representative
Nimisha Rangachar — Computer, mathematics and natural sciences representative
Sahana Kundu — Computer, mathematics and natural sciences representative
Kevin Tu — Computer, mathematics and natural sciences representative
Umailla Fatima — Computer, mathematics and natural sciences representative
Sarah Cohen — Journalism representative
Adam Rosenbaum — Business representative
Ayelette Halbfinger — Business representative
Alexa White — Architecture representative
Blensc Asres — Public health representative
Joshua Winston — Public policy representative
Shivani Gandhi — Cambridge representative
Steven Berit — Courtyards representative
Karthik Nambiar — Denton representative
Racheli Cohen — Off-campus neighboring representative
Nathan Boyle — Off-campus outlying representative
Jessica Levenson — Commons representative
Bryce Kowalczyk — South Hill representative