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:: Saturday, February 18, 2006 ::

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

The student elections for 2006-2007 are less than a month away, and for now, at least, the field of established candidates is quite small. (By "established candidates," I mean those that have a facebook group for their campaigns.) So far, only two candidates have started to seriously campaign: Mike Trojanowski, running on a pro-Chief platform (along with some other dumb ideas, like tearing down Lincoln Hall), and Chris Kantas, running on an anti-Chief platform [not quite, see correction below -ed.] (and some populist stuff, like raising the URHNet student bandwidth cap).

Assuming the field of serious candidates doesn't grow larger, you get three guesses as to who I'll be supporting, and two of them don't count.

Someone to watch is Nick Klitzing, the current student trustee. Nick is a Junior, and as far as I have been told is elligible to run again. He was past president of Students for Chief Illiniwek, and if he runs he will attract that vote and suck all the wind out of Trojanowski's sails. However, his campaign's facebook group has yet to be updated from last year, so I currently have no idea if he's running again.

I plan on occasionally picking out bits of each candidate's platform and discussing them, or at least until they start making news on their own. Comments from local readers (all 12 of you) would be appreicated.

As a note, I'd appreciate it if my non-local trolls would butt out of the comments on this one, under threat of having said comments dialectized into pig latin.

CORRECTION: I've been told that Kantas isn't officially running with a position on the Chief (interesting, that...) and that he doesn't consider it his top priority. I apologize for the error.

UPDATE: All candidates apparently must file by noon on Tuesday, 21 Feb. I guess we'll know soon after what the full field'll look like.

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