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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Qualifying for Student Government political parties was off to a usually slow start Friday.

Supervisor of Elections Sarah Krantz said about 57 UF students filled out paperwork and qualified to run with SG parties, which she said was an average number for the first day.

"Traditionally, the first day is the slowest," Krantz said in phone interview Sunday. "I'm happy with the number."

Krantz said she suspects the reason for the first day typically being the slowest is procrastination.

"It's just like anything in life," she said. "People who are very active come the first day because they want to beat the rush."

On Friday, Progress Party President Joseph Trimboli said so far, the candidates he interviewed were excellent.

He placed great emphasis on working with candidates to build the party's platform.

He said that's why the only question asked during interviews was, "During your time at UF, what could be changed in the realm of SG?"

"We could've brought out a platform and put it on the table for people to look at, but we don't want to make people feel like they don't have a say," he said during qualifying Friday.

Robert Yeh, a UF sophomore, said he interviewed with the Progress Party because the party is "kind of the underdogs."

The Gator Party declined to comment.

Krantz said she expects people to line up out the door on Tuesday, which is scheduled as the last day of qualifying.

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If students arrive before 5 p.m., they can qualify.

The last day, however, is still up in the air because of a name conflict between SG political parties.

Alligator Writer Kim Wilmath contributed to this report.

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