Meet the candidates: 2022-2023 Student body elections

Remember to vote and follow along with the campaigns. First round of voting begins March 2. Elissa Aguayo | Sun News Daily

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It’s time to meet the candidates for the first student body government of Utah Tech University.

There are six candidates for student body president, two candidates for vice president of academics and two candidates for vice president of clubs and organizations.

Student body president candidates

Holly Hurtado

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: West Jordan

Major: Earth, energy and environmental science

Instagram: @hollyhurtado96

Goals: Make students feel included and ensure they have more places on-campus to eat and have fun.

Campaign platform:

Hurtado plans to talk to students to see what they want/would like to see on campus as well as getting to know DSU students. She wants to make sure students have fun places to hang out on campus so they do not feel like they have to go off-campus to have fun. Lastly, Hurtado wants all students to feel like the university is a place they feel included and a place they can call home.

Devon Rice

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Bountiful

Major: Marketing

Instagram: @dink182_

Goals: Be someone who is familiar with what is going on during the name change process, and be someone who can make our newly rebranded university recognizable.

Campaign platform:

Rice wants to focus on policy improvement throughout the university, specifically in dining services and the box office to end the localized monopoly occurring. He also wants to focus on mental health by improving the social life on campus. Lastly, Rice wants to improve campus security by adding campus police and safety regulations.

Gus Brownsugar

Year in school: Sophomore

Hometown: Spanish Fork

Major: Management

Instagram: @gusbrownsugar

Goals: Continue the Trailblazer spirit during the name change process.

Campaign platform:

Brownsugar wants to renovate the Kenneth N. Gardner student center so students have a building with more dining and hangout options. Brownsugar wants to focus on active life, which means he would work hand in hand with the Provost to explore new master’s programs and degrees. He also wants to focus on equality for students such as the period project and House bill 162.

Ameila Slama-Catron

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Sandy

Major: Earth, energy and environmental science

Instagram: @slamacatron

Goals: Be the face of change when Dixie State University becomes Utah Tech University.

Campaign platform:

Slama-Catron wants to continue improving the inclusiveness throughout campus. She wants to embrace the change Utah Tech University will bring the academic side of our school. But she also wants to embrace the Dixie life and the traditions DSU students participate in. Slama-Catron wants this position because she is passionate about equal representation and opportunities for all students.

Katie Sanders

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: La Verkin

Major: Biology

Instagram: @studentpreskatie

Goals: Take her past student government experience and find new ways for students to learn and feel included.

Campaign platform:

Sanders plans to work on student success and this entails students completing internships, research projects, etc. that give them experience they cannot get in a classroom. She also wants to build the universities reputation by showcasing student achievements which will allow the university to be known for its student accomplishments and not just by the name of the university. Sanders wants to bring unity across campus by bringing students together, making sure students know they have a home here, and that all students are welcome and wanted.

Jose Toral-Martinez

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: St. George

Major: Communication studies

Instagram: @josetoral_98

Goals: Be an advocate, leader and inspiration for DSU students.

Campaign platform:

Toral-Martinez wants to focus on keeping DSU’s past and present traditions as we transition to Utah Tech University. He also wants to focus on mental health, inclusion, academics and student involvement to ensure we start strong as Utah Tech University.

Vice president of academics candidates

Karson Ray

Year in school: Sophomore 

Hometown: Hurricane

Major: Biology 

Instagram: @karson4vpa

Goals: Provide more funding for student projects, research projects, etc. 

Campaign platform:

Ray wants to provide funding to all students and be an open resource to them. He wants more students to know about and utilize the student initiative fund. Lastly, Ray wants to change the overall culture over academics by making things like tests and homework not have a stressful stigma. 

Laisha Noyes

Year in school: Freshman

Hometown: Groveton, Texas

Major: Biology

Instagram: @l.noyes.vp

Goals: Increase research and internship opportunities for students.

Campaign platform:

Noyes wants to increase research and internship opportunities for students of all majors. She wants students to know the correct internship and/or research projects available. Noyes is also willing to work with students, faculty and people outside the community to increase student internships on campus and in the community.

Vice president of clubs & organizations

Sean Rios

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Major: Criminal justice

Instagram: @sean_rioss

Goals: Ensure each club has a space to be heard.

Campaign platform:

Rios wants to focus on leadership and the proper leadership will allow clubs to thrive on campus. His other main focus is service and having the proper service so they are able to provide the best tools for clubs. Rios wants there to be inclusivity throughout all of the clubs and organizations as we transition to Utah Tech University.

Fernando Rodas

Year in school: Sophomore

Hometown: St. George

Major: Business administration

Instagram: @fernandope17

Goals: Build a bridge between clubs and the rest of the resources on campus.

Campaign platform:

Rodas wants to gain all resources necessary for the clubs and organizations and he also wants to make them more accessible to students. He would also like to have bi-weekly meetings with every club on campus. This will get the students to brainstorm ideas together and meet new people.

Campaign & election dates

Feb. 28 – March 3: Primary campaign

March 2 at 8 a.m.: Voting begins

March 3 at 3 p.m.: Voting ends

March 3 – March 10: Final campaign

March 8 at 1 p.m.: Voting begins

March 10 at 1 p.m.: Voting ends

Winners will be announced on March 10 after 1:30 p.m. via social media @dsupolitics.

Click here to vote on the dates and times listed above.