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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?

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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