Not since 2002 has there been a runoff for the top spot in UT-Austin's Student Government elections. Today and tomorrow, current students will have the opportunity to decide who will represent the university in online voting between the two remaining Executive Alliances for President/VP of the Student Assembly.
Going into the runoff, the (more establishment) executive alliance of Minator Azemi and Justin Stein lead by a mere 400 votes with 46% of the vote. Challenging them in the first fully credible and organized “alternative” option in nearly a decade is Scott Parks and Muneezah Kabir who garnered 42% of the vote in the first round.
In my years at UT, I had volunteers for a handful of losing campaigns and tickets that challenged the SG establishment. And while all the candidates have ties to or current positions in student government, I'm encouraged by Scott and Muneezah's campaign this year. They are endorsed by both the Daily Texan and the University Democrats. And in an unusual twist, are also endorsed by State Reps. Strama, Bolton, & Rodriguez who represent pockets of students around Austin. Plus, getting the endorsement of the Texas Travesty's first round losing executive alliances is a good thing in my book.
While I certainly encourage our University of Texas readers to check out both Scott and Muneezeh's website as well as Minator and Justin's site, I'm going to encourage and ask Burnt Orange Report readers that are students and can vote in the SG elections to cast their runoff vote for Scott and Muneezeh.
Vote online here before tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5pm.