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Jose and Hahnel clinch SGA victory with two-vote margin

Tori Lentz and Carrie Crotzer, Staff Writers

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John Jose and Katherine Hahnel hug after hearing the results of the 2014 SGA elections at NKU. The pair were elected as NKU's next SGA President and Vice President.

John Jose and Katherine Hahnel hug after hearing the results of the 2014 SGA elections at NKU. The pair were elected as NKU’s next SGA President and Vice President.

It’s been a long week of campaigning for Student Government Association presidential and vice presidential candidates, but at the end of Thursday night only one pair prevailed.

SGA Chief Justice Daniel Cieslak announced at 10:23 p.m. that John Jose and Katherine Hahnel had clinched a narrow victory of 499 votes over David Trump and Justin Wynne’s 497 votes for the top spots in the 2014 SGA elections.

“It’s been a good experience, it’s been fun, and you know definitely if anything you learn from it,” David Trump, junior theatre major, said before the results were announced.  “John’s a great guy; I think if either of us win we’ll do the right thing.”

John Jose, junior organizational leadership major, was nervous before the results but felt he and Hahnel turned heads throughout the campaign.

“When I win, you know, I’m excited, I’m excited to get something going,” Jose said.  “And when I lose I’m still going to be there, I’ll never take a break from the university until I’m done.”

The crowd who had gathered on the third floor of the Student Union to hear the results gasped when it was announced that Jose and Hahnel had won the election by just two votes.

NKU Dean of Students Jeffrey Waple, who had been watching votes come in throughout the evening, stated that the election had been close the entire night.

Trump, in good spirits, joked that in doing things differently he could have gotten three more votes to win the election.

“I’m disappointed but that’s natural,” Trump said. “It was very, very close, but that’s alright.”

Katherine Hahnel, sophomore vocal performance and accounting double major, felt both sides “kicked butt” and said her vice presidential win meant the world to her.

Jose’s initial reaction was that he had come in second place, but was thrilled when he realized he would be the SGA president for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“I’m just happy for people that trust me and I’m not going to let them down,” Jose said.  “This shaking feeling is something in my life I’ll never feel again, but I can’t wait to work for Norse nation.”

A complete list of the results from the 2014 SGA elections is listed below.

David Trump (left) and Justin Wynne (right) listen to the results of the 2014 SGA elections. The pair lost to Jose and Hahnel by a two-vote margin.

David Trump (left) and Justin Wynne (right) listen to the results of the 2014 SGA elections. The pair lost to Jose and Hahnel by a two-vote margin.

 

President/Vice President

John Jose(President)/Katherine Hahnel (VP)

499

David Trump (President)/Justin Wynne (VP)

497

Secretary for Student Involvement

Andrew Dorriere

801

Secretary for Public Relations

Nick Berra

503

Megan Beckerich

348

Secretary for Administrative Affairs

Hannah Jones

349

Joey Yerace

248

Amanda Rogers

205

Student Senate (top 25 elected)

Elizabeth Ruwe

446

Patrick Reagan

435

Tanner Elrod

426

Hattie Clark

419

Chandler Taylor

406

Kyle Conley

366

Jarrod West

366

Clayton Castle

351

Kyle D. Taylor

342

Sarah Howard

340

Kylie Meiser

332

Nick Pflum

327

Aaron Hatfield

322

Isaac McFarland

318

Eleanor Kremer

315

Kristian Johnson

308

Rick Seal

287

Maria Rojas

281

Ella Mravec

275

Julia Steffen

268

Donald J. Taylor

263

Laura Hahn

251

Keisha Frazier

248

Andrew Ritchie

246

John W. Weber (Will)

243

Elizabeth Akinade

240

Lucas Cannon

239

Alexandra Reece

233

Camey Marshall

222

Tanner Coyne-Chailland

221

Branden Schrenk

220

Adam Anderson

187

Devin McNary-Mason

121

Nikki Gamble (Write-In)

20

Max Heckel (Write-In)

7

Mackenzie Kinman (Write-In)

6

Judicial Council (top 5 elected)

Rafael Torres

585

Hannah French

565

Chris Paco Walters

560

Tyler Stevens

548

Nicole Arduser (Write-In)

32

Lance Viapando (Write-In)

22

Erin Reynolds (Write-In)

21

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