SGA Election: Ellen McKinnie


In a new Q&A series, The Echo reporters ask Student Government Association candidates about their Spring 2016 campaigns. Elections will take place April 6-7 on Org Sync.

Q: Who are you and what are you running for?


Ellen McKinnie

My name is Ellen McKinnie and I am running for Executive Vice President.

Q: Why did you decide to run for SGA?

I have always felt most natural serving people. Though I haven’t always enjoyed politics and government, I have always had a desire to work with people about subjects that matter and have powerful effects. To me, it is about staying true to who I am and who God made me to be. My passions and interests flow into a lot of political issues and discussions, and I desire to be a voice for people and unite them for the common good.

Q: Why should UCA students elect you?

If I am elected to SGA Exec, I will continue to fight for improving Wi-Fi, lobbying for housing renovations, and providing a representation for non­-Greeks. I believe in respecting people and working toward common goals.

Q: Have you been in a leadership position before?

Yes! I have served as Freshman President, and I am currently serving as Sophomore President in SGA as well as the chair of the Senate Engagement/Advancement committee. So far we have passed amendments to the Constitution concerning Appointment and Diversity Committee, our nontraditional senator, SAFA reimbursements,The Big Event, and hours for freshman and sophomore spots. I also am or have served as a leader in Chi Alpha, a head delegate for Model UN, and a freshman leader in IDEAL.

Q: What’s something unusual about you?

When I was nine I had a turtle named Mac ‘n Cheese.

photo courtesy of Ellen McKinnie


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Maggie is an English major and journalism minor who serves as editor of The Echo. She loves reporting and copy editing but struggles with the fact that the Oxford comma isn't used in AP Style.

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