Austin Graber and Vishesh Bhatia have been elected as the next Student Government president and vice president with 54 percent of the vote.
The two thanked their team as well as their opponents extensively after the win and spoke about their faith in what football Coach Matt Campbell calls “the process.”
“Coach Campbell always talks about trusting the process,” Graber said. “I feel like ever since coming to campus we’ve been trusting the process, and this is just the process loving us back.”
Graber and Bhatia also both emphasized their thankfulness for a “clean campaign” and respect for their opponents.
Graber and Bhatia ran on the platform “Educate. Elevate. Connect.” which focuses on bringing Iowa State students together by educating on student wellness, elevating Cyclone pride, and connecting Cyclones.
Major platform points by the candidates include: increasing awareness surrounding the Tree of Oppression, conducting Fireside Chats and Reverse Town Halls, creating a mental health section in Destination Iowa State and bringing in lecture series that covered sexual assault awareness and mental health.
Graber is a senior in business economics and Bhatia is a junior in genetics. Both are currently involved in Student Government as Graber serves as an Ivy College of Business senator and Bhatia serves as an IRHA senator.
Graber and Bhatia are set to be inaugurated April 11.
Benjamin Whittington and Annaliessa Michelotti received 11 percent of the vote, and Cody Woodruff and Analese Hauber received 29 percent.
5,220 ballots were cast, resulting in a voter turnout of 14.9 percent, down 2.9 percent from last year.
Senators elected include:
Off-Campus Residence Area
Sydney Dondlinger, 1247 votes
Noah Heasley, 1124 votes
Matthew Klaes, 1103 votes
Alissa McMichael, 1253 votes
Morgan Mitchell, 1131 votes
Dustin Reis, 1019 votes
Kaitlyn Roling, 1288 votes
Jacob Schrader, 1142 votes
Hayat Sumael, 995 votes
Inter-Residence Hall Association
Madesh Samanu, 509 votes
Caleb Warren, 521 votes
Mason Zastrow, 556 votes
Alex Klein, 28 votes (Write-in)
Ryan Hurley, 6 votes (Write-in)
Madison Mueller, 474 votes
Ian Searles, 47 votes (Write-in)
Collegiate Panhellenic Council
Morgan Fritz, 376 votes
Zachary Mass, 287 votes
University Student Apartment Community
Travis Lipford, 165 votes
Ashley Burns, 468 votes
Nicole Latimer, 490 votes
College of Design
Taylor Blair, 251
Ivy College of Business
Jack Bender, 569 votes
Joshua Hanyang, 499 votes
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Kelsey Culbertson, 478 votes
Hans Riensche, 441 votes
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lydia Greene, 386 votes
Jacob Ludwig, 435 votes
Mckenzie Meradith, 378 votes
Jacob Conn, 805 votes
Advait Mhaskar, 763 votes
Sandeep Stanley, 836 votes
Anthony Tonet, 881 votes
Kate Alucard, 5 votes (Write-in)
Anastasia Sweeney, 3 votes (Write-in)
Bryan Lampkin (Write-in:Tied), 2 votes
Christopher Pudenz (Write-in: Tied), 2 votes
Dariana Glasco-Boyd (Write-in: Tied), 2 votes
Garrett Gowen (Write-in: Tied), 2 votes
James Schiltz (Write-in: Tied), 2 votes
Laura Olson (Write-in: Tied), 2 votes
Prajjwal Jamdagni (Write-in: Tied), 2 votes
Sher Afghan Asad (Write-in: Tied), 2 votes
Election Commissioner Emily Rizvic said that “in the Bylaws, the Graduate college decides how to break the ties.”
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story misspelled Dustin Reis' name. The article has been updated to reflect the correct spelling. The Daily regrets this error.