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SGA Election Coverage: Potential candidates announced during first week of petitions

During the first week of petitions, an Instagram page was launched to announce the potential campaign for Wright State students Samantha Baxter and Jacob Jones in the 2020 Student Government Association (SGA) elections. 

Currently, petitions are in progress and candidates cannot campaign. However, Baxter and Jones are the first to announce their work toward campaigning.

According to the newly created Instagram page, “@baxterjones4wsu,” Baxter and Jones have announced to run together; Baxter is running for president while Jones is running for vice president. 

They are the first students to announce their candidacy. 

Samantha Baxter, photo courtesy of @baxterjones4wsu

Samantha Baxter

Baxter has been a member of SGA for three years, serving as the director of academic affairs for two years. 

Baxter is an English education and political science major with minors in French and sociology. She is also involved in Model United Nations and 4 Paws for Ability. 

“I am excited to be running for student body president and to be able to work for the campus community,” said Baxter. “I want to focus on inclusion and creating a positive environment that calls students into leadership and foster a campus culture that welcomes students of all backgrounds. I look forward to being able to engage with all members of the Wright State University from in-coming students to Lake Campus. In the future, I want to focus on the collaborative focus of student government and sponsor and development effect to benefit the entirety of campus.”

According to the Instagram page, Baxter plans to focus on diversity inclusion within SGA and across campus. 

Jacob Jones, photo courtesy of @baxterjones4wsu

Jacob Jones

Jones has been a member of SGA for two years and is currently serving as chief justice of the executive board. 

Jones is a business economics major. He is also involved with Sigma Phi Epsilon as the president of the fraternity. 

“One goal I have, if elected, is to promote collaboration between colleges for the betterment of every student on behalf of Wright State,” said Jones. 

Election timeline

Petitions for potential candidates opened on Feb. 17 and are open until Feb. 28. 

Once petitions are complete, those that gain enough signatures will begin campaigning. This will take place from March 9 to 14. 

There will be a Meet the Candidate’s event on March 9 at 4 p.m. in the lower atrium of the Student Union, according to the SGA website.

The public will also be able to see the candidates debate on March 12 in the Apollo Room. 

Elections will be from March 14 at noon until March 19 at 5 p.m. in which students will be able to place their vote on WingsExpress. 

Makenzie Hoeferlin


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