The Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) election period has officially begun. U students will have the opportunity to vote for a presidential ticket, attorney general and legislative representatives for their college. Students will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to vote to their UMail account. Additionally, voters can scan the QR code on the candidate posters placed around campus. This is an opportunity to let your voice be heard as students so please get out to vote!
The voting period opens Tuesday, Feb. 22, and will close on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.
We are running to represent you, your experiences and the issues that you are passionate about. We are committed to empowering the student voice by increasing student involvement, building bridges between students and administration and providing the tools necessary to ensure everyone has the best experience that they can during their time at the University of Utah. In this spirit, our ticket has focused on three pillars: community, advocacy and inclusivity, each represented by a member of our presidential ticket.
Taylor VanderToolen (student body president candidate)
Junior majoring in honors QAMO with a minor in finance. Has served in student government for the past three years in various roles. Served on the boards of the First-Year Council, Latter-day Saint Student Association and MUSS board. Served a two-year mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil. Interned with the Sorenson Impact Center, Business Scholars Academics and Programming, Goff Scholars and Eccles Ambassador. Currently the vice president of the Management Consulting Club and the Business Economics Society and a member of Beta Theta Pi.
Benvin Lozada (vice president of university relations candidate)
Junior double-majoring in honors economics and mathematics with a statistical emphasis and minors in applied ethics and political science. Currently serving as the ASUU assembly treasurer, an HRE residential advisor, the vice president of Amnesty International at the U and an intern for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Ashlee Roberts (vice president of student relations candidate)
Junior majoring in honors kinesiology with a minor in chemistry on a pre-medicine track. Currently an LA/TA for Biol-1610, chair of the Outreach Committee on the MUSS Board, LA for the Rodan Lab of Human Genetics. Plays on the Utah Women’s Lacrosse Club. She is a member of Chi Omega Xi Alpha and a member of the Inter-Tribal Student Association (ITSA).
My name is Will Berard and I'm a freshman in the David Eccles School of Business. This last semester my experience at the business school has been nothing but positive. I want to carry this positivity into the role of senator here at the business school. My priority as senator of the business school is representing all students and their needs. Ultimately, I want to give back to the school of business just as it’s given to me. Thank you for considering me for senator.
My name is Max Hernandez-Nietling and I am running for ASUU Senator of the David Eccles School of Business. I am running because I want to increase minority representation in the business school, connect students with business leaders and represent the interests of my peers. Specifically, I would like to bring over existing programs like HFA, SEO from top business schools nationwide to aid both minorities and the whole student body in reaching their professional goals while also increasing ease of accessibility to existing clubs and programs at the U.
I am honored for the opportunity to represent my peers and my college. As a young boy who was raised in a military household, I was imbued with the values of leadership, integrity, grit and passion. I promise to take all of these values into office with me. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I promise to make instructors, their TAs and your academic advisors, more accessible. Students have never struggled more than this previous year and I won’t rest until we all succeed.
Social and Behavioral Science is immensely important to me because it’s given me the tools to understand people, without needing many physical details. This helped me see what I want to help fix. I want to bring community to someone who might not feel like they have one. I want to make everyone feel like they’re apart of something no matter who they are. People that don’t live on campus have a harder time feeling connected Because of that they don’t have a huge connection and it doesn’t feel like they’re in college but just an extension of high school.
My name is Maggie Pozo. Raised in Salt Lake, I love the outdoors and my favorite place to explore is Grand Staircase Escalante. I have a background in advocacy with various organizations. I chose to pursue biomedical engineering to create technologies to improve healthcare accessibility in low income communities. I think many of us see engineering as a way to address the problems around us. As your senator, I will advocate for resources to improve our overall learning experience. I hope to represent the College of Engineering, raise our concerns to the University and make a positive change.
My name is Christopher Pyknis, I’m a freshman majoring in Architecture & Planning, hoping to represent the College of Architecture & Planning as a ASUU senator. My college is the most important outlet provided to me to flourish at the U, especially in regards to my passions and creative perspectives on life. I am confident that many students in my college would certainly agree. My main goals are to bring extensive funding to the program and further representation as a top program in the nation. Further, I am flexible, approachable and open to all ideas. I want to represent the student body and members of my college in the best way possible.
Hi, I am Dillon Renfro, I am running for student body senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Science. The University of Utah has given so much to me over the last few years and I hope to give back. My goal is to make the campus safer by extending safe ride hours and extending the safe ride services to weekends. I also want to be a direct line of communication for students and ensure student voices are heard on campus. Lastly, I want students to know how and where their dollars are being spent.
Hey friends, it’s Muskan (Moose-Con)! I’m a freshman studying mathematics and I would be honored to serve as your senator for the College of Science! I’m an experienced leader and currently serve on First Year Council in ASUU and am running for Senate because I truly believe in the power of our community. As a senator, I want to be your companion and fight alongside you to drive our institution to a more accountable, equitable and sustainable future. My platform will reflect student demands, ensuring that I recognize and implement these concerns into actionable solutions to collectively achieve that future.
It gives me a great sense of fulfillment to contest in the upcoming ASUU elections. This position comes with a lot of responsibilities and I would be privileged to serve this role and help out the students. My main aim is to create an even better atmosphere for the students of the college of engineering so that they could bring out their best in whatever work they do without any kind of fear or inhibition. I am the kind of person who would prefer to stay beside the students at all times and work along with them.
The David Eccles School of Business has helped me understand my potential and path to growth as a student and person. I want to give back to the college by helping students get the most out of the tremendous resources our institution possesses, creating more opportunities for interpersonal and academic development. I have benefitted so much by being involved with the business school. Through my roles as a student, associate for Ivory Innovations, and Goff Ambassador, the business school has created tremendous value in my life and I will work to do the same for our students, faculty, and university.
Hello! My name is Peyton Kosman and I am running for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Assembly Representative. CSBS means the world to me, it allowed me to follow my passions and supported me along the way. I am running for this position because I know how important it is to help others. Clubs and organizations is where I found my passion and met some of my closest friends and I want everyone to have a chance to experience it. I hope I can help students find their home on campus wherever that may be!
My name is CJ Reid and I'm a sophomore studying biochemistry, pre-pharmacy, and ethics. It has been my goal during my time in First Year Council and throughout my past term to give students the power to create and impact campus guidelines regardless of their involvement in student government. I firmly believe that a legislative body cannot accurately and wholly represent its diverse constituents, and that interaction between students and representatives is the most important consideration for any government. I applaud you all for taking the time to vote, and sincerely hope you give me the opportunity to represent you.
Emma Kate Ross
I am running to be an Assembly Representative for the College of Health to serve and represent all students within the college. In serving in the Assembly, I hope to address and lobby for student needs, increase accessibility to student resources, and maximize the student experience at the U.
ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE
I am dedicated to serving the student body, this is my third year serving as a student leader within ASUU, I am the current director of Student Immersion and Outreach and have previously served as the senator for the College of Health. I am committed to serving my community through acts of service and through my various leadership positions both on and off campus. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and building a strong foundation that supports students in succeeding and creating a lifelong love at the U.