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Abby Grossman and Abby Waidelich win USG election

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Abby Grossman (right), a third-year in math education, and Abby Waidelich, a third-year in biological engineering, were elected USG president and vice president on March 12. Credit: Courtesy of Abby Grossman & Abby Waidelich

Abby Grossman (right), a third-year in math education, and Abby Waidelich, a third-year in biological engineering, were elected USG president and vice president on March 12. Credit: Courtesy of Abby Grossman & Abby Waidelich

Abby Grossman and Abby Waidelich have been elected as the Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government president and vice president for the 2015-16 academic year.

Grossman, a third-year in math education who serves as USG organizational outreach director, was elected as president. Waidelich, a third-year in biological engineering, is the senior director of public relations for USG, and was elected as vice president.

It is the second time two women have been elected as USG president and vice president.

Grossman and Waidelich won the election with 46.2 percent of the vote. They received 5,213 votes, according to the election results.

There was one other campaign team running in this year’s USG election: Michelle Bennett and Noel Fisher. They gathered 4,074 votes, or 36.1 percent.

A total of 2,007 votes, or 17.7 percent, were submitted for write-in candidates.

There were 11,472 valid undergraduate votes cast in this election, which is the most collected since 1972, and is the second-most of all time, according to the results. Last year, 9,942 votes were cast.

In an emailed statement, Fisher said he and Bennett are “incredibly proud” of the high voter turnout.

“The increased engagement of the student body during the last few elections is indicative of how much we all care about this university, and will certainly lead to a stronger bridge between students and USG,” said Fisher, a third-year in geography and political science who was running for vice president. “While obviously disappointed in the results, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t all worth it in the end. Abby and Abby ran a great campaign, and we’re very excited to see everything they’re going to accomplish next year.”

Grossman and Waidelich did not respond to requests for comment.

Editor’s note: This article was updated March 15 with a comment from Noel FIsher.

9 comments

  1. When you are pushing 20% write in candidates, that ought to tell you that students aren’t happy with the options they were given.

  2. Unfortunately, Abby G. has long history of being elected to a ‘position’ and then not doing anything.

    Still, I wish them the best.

  3. Remind you of Celia and Leah?

  4. I voted for Cardale

  5. I hope Abby & Abby will be able to focus on representing the minority students! Maybe think about creating a more diverse & inclusive group?

  6. I, too, voted for Cardale.

  7. Even Goat votes for Cardale.

  8. Concerned Student420

    i personally voted for our dear dictator from the past couple of years, the great and almighty Taylor Stepp.

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