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Van Hoeck edges out Laurent for VP student life

Photos: Connor McCourtney

Sophomore Matthew Van Hoeck won the vice president of student life position by just four votes according to the election results announced shortly after midnight Tuesday morning.

Van Hoeck captured 481 votes, or 50.2 percent, while his opponent Amanda Laurent received 477 votes, or 49.8 percent.

Junior Jessie Hill, co-chair of the Election Commission, said she has seen many close elections.
“It just proves that all candidates are campaigning hard,” Hill said.

Van Hoeck is looking forward to his new position and said that he developed a lot of ideas throughout the campaign.

“It was a lot of work overall and I’ve really learned about myself quite a bit,” Van Hoeck said.

Van Hoeck and Laurent, both current senators this year, were the top two vote-getters in the three-way race last week. But they campaigned in a run-off election this week after neither captured the 50 percent plus one vote requirement set by the Election Commission for Student Senate officer elections the first time around.

“It was a really good race,” Laurent said. “It’s hard to get the turnout for the run-off, and I think Matt will do a great job.”

There was a total of 958 votes cast in the run-off election, down from the nearly 1,200 that voted in last week’s election.

Election Commission Chair Alex Bergman said that the election ran smoothly, with the exception of only a few campaign complaints overseen by the committee.

Van Hoeck will join the other two executive officers, elected last week, as leaders of next year’s Senate. Junior Greg Larson was elected student body president and sophomore Jessica Hamilton won the vice president of student activities position.

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