Student Government SG Generic
Alligator Staff

Students who are interested in running for Senate’s Spring elections can begin interviewing with SG parties Sunday.

Interviews will be held in the Level 3 Student Government office at the Reitz Union from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Positions are based on academic college.

Interviews will continue Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If students are interested in running with a party or as an independent candidate, they should bring their Gator 1 Card and expect to fill out qualifying paperwork, Erica Baker, the UF supervisor of elections, wrote in an email.

Baker said if students are interested in running with a party, they should be prepared to conduct an interview, whereas independent candidates don’t have to interview. She said to bring a resume and dress professionally.

“Students interested in slating should do their research on the parties who are participating and choose the party that would best fit them,” she said. “Anyone who is interested in getting involved with Student Government, representing their peers, and improving the campus should come out.”

The election codes mandate certain qualifications to be a candidate. A candidate must be registered as a full-time student. Undergraduate students must have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA, while graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

Students must also be free of conduct probation and financial obligations to UF, be enrolled in the college they want to represent and not have been impeached from a SG position.

Party registration closes Saturday, but five parties have already successfully registered: the Challenge Party, Impact Party, Orange and Blue Party, Inspire Party and Vision Party, Baker said. The final confirmation on the parties participating will be given Sunday.

Impact Party President Omarley Spence said they’re looking for individuals who are qualified and have a dedication to UF.

“(We’re) looking for that passion and drive to serve our students and be able to impact our university,” he said.

Challenge Party President Anthony Rojas said the party is looking for any student who is interested in running.

“We want anyone who’s ever had an interest in Student Government to come slate with us,” Rojas said. “We know that there are a bunch of great Gators out there who will change UF for the better.”

Inspire Party is looking for a diverse array of candidates, Inspire Party President and Senator Ben Lima said.

“We’re looking for individuals who provide a unique vision and that have different experiences on campus and in their lives who have ideas to help provide that positive change that we’re looking for on campus,” he said.

Contact Christina Morales at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @Christina_M18.