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<p><span>Lexie Atlas, a 19-year-old UF sophomore engineering student, celebrates with her friend Kyle Levy, who just won a District B Senator seat for the Impact Party. The results were read in the Reitz Union Wednesday night where Impact won 35 of 50 seats. </span></p><p><span> </span></p>

Lexie Atlas, a 19-year-old UF sophomore engineering student, celebrates with her friend Kyle Levy, who just won a District B Senator seat for the Impact Party. The results were read in the Reitz Union Wednesday night where Impact won 35 of 50 seats. 

 

Tears filled Zarella Berrocal’s eyes Wednesday night, even though she won her District D Senate seat.

She said no one has worked as hard since the Inspire Party’s inception as Joel Kratt. But, he lost his seat as the Tolbert Area senator by only 23 votes.

He said he will only run again in Spring if someone can convince him to. Berrocal promised him she’d be the one to do that.

“I’ve learned a lot over the past year,” Kratt said. “I’ve grown as an individual, as a leader. I’ve learned strength through struggle.”

UF students elected Impact Party as the majority in the Student Senate during Tuesday and Wednesday’s elections. Of the 50 seats up for grabs, based off of students’ residential areas and zip codes, Impact claimed 35, while Inspire Party locked in 15. Inspire only won seats in three areas: District D, Keys Residential Complex and Murphree Area.

Impact won 30 seats, and Inspire won 20 in last Fall’s election, with the increase in Impact seats this semester the party will now have a stronger majority in the Senate.

This Fall, 8,388 students voted in the election, Fair announced. This is 211 fewer students than last year.

Fifty candidates ran with Impact and 43 candidates ran with Inspire, according to a list of candidates provided by Supervisor of Elections Henry Fair.

Impact President Anmol Shah grinned as Fair announced the election results from the Reitz Union staircase, peering down onto the party members on the ground floor. She decided not to run in this Fall’s election so she could lead Impact, Shah said.  

She said she knew the candidates on the Impact ticket put in enough work to win, but she went into the night knowing anything could happen.

“I didn’t expect anything,” Shah said. “This time last year, I won my District C seat by one vote.”

Molishka Heriveaux jumped to hug her friend Tyler Kendrick when she found out the Impact senator won the first seat of the night in Beaty Towers.

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Heriveaux claimed the Graham Area seat for Impact. She ran unopposed in the election.

“I’m very energized and lucky to be here,” Heriveaux said. “Everyone worked their butts off.”

Krishnah Sivakumaran’s smile dropped when he heard Inspire swept District D, which he ran on Impact’s ticket.

Sivakumaran said he felt both excited and nervous going into the evening. He campaigned for hours over the last few days.

“I have a passion for SG and tried to run a few times before,” Sivakumaran said. “I just wanted to represent the students.”   

Inspire Party lost five seats in the Senate this election. Inspire Party’s President Ashley Grabowski said the losses will not prevent senators from motivating Impact to listen to underrepresented voices in the student body.

“We speak for every Gator,” Grabowski said.

Kratt said he will still be working to get Nov. 6 classes at UF to be optional or canceled so students can have ample time to vote on Election Day, one of Inspire Party’s platform points.

Although he lost as the Broward - Rawlings Area Senator to Impact Party, Branden Reis said the outcome doesn’t change the friendships he’s made.

“Our symbol is a light bulb, but it doesn’t burn out,” Reis said. “Everyone has a bad day, but it’s how we pick ourselves up.”

Contact Gillian Sweeney at gsweeney@alligator.org and follow her on Twitter at @gilliangsweeney

Contact Angela DiMichele at adimichele@alligator.org and follow her on Twitter at @angdimi

Beaty Towers - Impact Party

Tyler Kendrick, 135 votes, 64.59 percent

Broward - Rawlings Area - Impact Party

Gabi Zlatanoff, 379 votes, 69.29 percent

District A (32601, 32609, 32614) - Impact Party

Sophia Bond, 2,211 votes, 8.96 percent

Emily Dunson, 2,134 votes, 8.65 percent

Sam Girschick, 2,062 votes, 8.36 percent

Gabriella Manuszak, 2,042 votes, 8.28 percent

Katie Hernandez, 2,039 votes, 8.26 percent

Sydney Honeycutt, 2,025 votes, 8.21 percent

Michael Murphy, 2,025 votes, 8.21 percent

Meryl Jones, 1,972 votes, 7.99 percent

Rhodes Evans, 1,955 votes, 7.92 percent

Amol Dhaliwal, 1,941 votes, 7.87 percent

District B (32603, 32605, 32606, 32653) - Impact Party

Devin Cornair, 950 votes, 14.78 percent

Kyle Levy, 940 votes, 14.62 percent

Spencer Nguyen, 933 votes, 14.51 percent

Connor Haffey, 928 votes, 14.43 percent

Tony Emmett, 922 votes, 14.34 percent

Andrew Goren, 916 votes, 14.25 percent

District C (32607) - Impact Party

Lexi Ramos, 296 votes, 8.9 percent

Dilan Patel, 269 votes, 8.09 percent

Timothy Martin, 265 votes, 7.97 percent

Garrit DuBois, 264 votes, 7.94 percent

Kyle Garner, 264 votes, 7.94 percent

Nicholas Meyer, 259 votes, 7.79 percent

Andrew Herman, 258 votes, 7.76 percent

District D (32608) - Inspire Party

Matthew Diaz, 488 votes, 4.9 percent

Felipe Gatos, 445 votes, 4.86 percent

Sneh Patel, 437 votes, 4.78 percent

Benjamin Lima, 417 votes, 4.56 percent

Zarella Berrocal, 411 votes, 4.49 percent

Sam Jenkins, 408 votes, 4.46 percent

Ché John, 407 votes, 4.45 percent

Michael Dormeus, 405 votes, 4.43 percent

Mackintosh Joachim, 405 votes, 4.43 percent

Casey Witte, 395 votes, 4.32 percent

Richard German, 393 votes, 4.29 percent

Daziah Scurry, 385 votes, 4.21 percent

William Zelin, 385 votes, 4.21 percent

District E - Impact Party

Noah Wright, 69 votes, 75 percent

Family Housing - Impact Party

Tiffany Batten, 6 votes, 66.67 percent

Graham Area - Impact Party

Molishka Heriveaux, 104 votes, 88.89 percent

Hume Area - Impact Party

Christopher Matei, 101 votes, 54.01 percent

Infinity Hall - Impact Party

Shaan Patel, 102 votes, 83.61 percent

Jennings Area - Impact Party

Branden Pearson, 179 votes, 73.97 percent

Keys Residential Complex - Inspire Party

Jenna Yoss, 24 votes, 51.06 percent

Lakeside Residential Complex - Impact Party

Mauricio Perez, 63 votes, 66.32 percent

Murphree Area - Inspire Party

Zachariah Chou, 203 votes, 67.22 percent

Springs Residential Complex - Impact Party

Alexa Entringer, 170 votes, 73.91 percent

Tolbert Area - Impact Party

Brianna Adan, 97 votes, 56.73 percent

Yulee Area - Impact Party

Lindsay Kaighin, 143 votes, 64.71 percent

Lexie Atlas, a 19-year-old UF sophomore engineering student, celebrates with her friend Kyle Levy, who just won a District B Senator seat for the Impact Party. The results were read in the Reitz Union Wednesday night where Impact won 35 of 50 seats. 

 

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