Sen. Zach Amrose (Inspire, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) resigned Monday. He said he is overwhelmed.
“I have already stepped away from being the President of Inspire Party and I am stepping away from Senate as I struggle with balancing the weight of serving constituents in Student Government with completing classwork and preparing for a post-graduation life,” Amrose wrote in an email.
Amroses’s resignation comes about two weeks after Inspire Party’s first president and longtime leader Ben Lima resigned to focus on his grades and exams. Amrose resigned the same day the SG Rules and Ethics Committee scheduled a hearing to discuss claims that he unlawfully tampered with public records and failed to comply with lawful public records requests.
Amrose said he helped found Inspire Party and worked in five SG campaigns. He was a senator from Spring 2019 until his resignation on Monday. He’s known for redrafting a resolution — a written statement with no legislative weight — advocating for blue lights over the Summer.
Inspire Party President Kristen Jackson said Amrose was a student who noticed that there were no blue lights on fraternity row and took some initiative. She said she was honored to work with him.
“I am extremely proud of the work Zachary did for the Student Body by advocating for a more accountable Student Government and improved campus safety,” Jackson wrote in a statement. “I’m happy to see that he is taking his own well-being into account and is doing what is best for him.”
Inspire Student Body presidential candidate Matthew Diaz said he supports Amrose.
“I support his decision and whatever he feels he needs to do for his own health and his own well-being,” Diaz said.
Correction: A sentence from this article has been deleted to reflect that Abigail Morris did not say the hearing was canceled because Amrose resigned. The Alligator originally reported differently.
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