Kian, Kerandi win MSA election

Mina Kian and Jael Kerandi will be the next MSA president and vice president, according to all-campus election results published Monday evening

MSA presidential candidate, Mina Kian, and vice presidential candidate, Jael Kerandi, pose for a portrait on Saturday, March 9 at Coffman Union.

Elle Moulin

MSA presidential candidate, Mina Kian, and vice presidential candidate, Jael Kerandi, pose for a portrait on Saturday, March 9 at Coffman Union.

Imani Cruzen

All student governments will have new leadership in the 2019-20 school year, as the All Campus Elections Commission’s announced election results Monday night.

Mina Kian and Jael Kerandi won the Minnesota Student Association election for president and vice-president with more than 55 percent of the vote. The pair garnered 1,413 votes, while opponents Spencer Kleinschmidt and August Schultz received 617 votes. Both Kian and Kerandi have mentioned diversity, sustainability and improving mental health resources as part of their platform. 

A measure to disarm University of Minnesota Police Department officers of weapons with lethal force had a close vote, but did not pass. The vote total came to 1,462 in favor of the measure and 1,857 opposed.

A Council of Graduate Students-sponsored referendum to hold tenured faculty to the same standard as non-tenured faculty when accused of sexual misconduct involving a student passed with more than 96 percent of the vote. 

Thomas Keller and Kriti Agarwal, who both ran unopposed, were elected COGS president and vice president. Keller won with 294 votes and Agarwal with 42.

Joshua Clancy, also running unopposed, was elected president of the Professional Student Government with 253 votes. Andrew Durkot won the vice presidency with 235 votes, or 86 percent of the vote.

The full ACEC results can be viewed here.