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BREAKING: Edelen, Frey win SGA presidential election

March 30, 2018


Photo by Blake Girlinghouse

Matt Frey and Hannah Edelen at the SGA election results announcement in the Student Union March 30.

The results are in: Hannah Edelen and Matt Frey will be the 2018-19 student body president and vice president.

Edelen and Frey took 52 percent of the vote for SGA’s top office. Taylor Gagné and Caleb Tiller followed with 27 percent, Jachelle Sologuren and Alex Voland took 16 percent, and Samantha Marcum and Derek Holden took 5 percent.

Spring election commissioner Hunter Poindexter announced the results to a crowd of about 40 gathered outside the SGA offices on the third floor of the Student Union on Friday.

During their run, Edelen and Frey said they would work to impose a dead week before finals, get more student discounts at local businesses and hold public forums on student issues.

Edelen, a junior economics and communications studies major and current SGA public relations secretary, said she feels “overwhelmingly blessed” by the support.

“We really couldn’t have done this without the people that stood beside us since day one,” Edelen said. “This is more than just a student body here; this is a family.”

Frey, a junior economics major, is also thankful for the support of the student body, but says “we need to keep this momentum going.”

“We need to make sure that everyone has the same passion and energy that Hannah and I have for these issues moving forward,” Frey said.

Photo by Blake Girlinghouse
Chief Justice and election commissioner Hunter Poindexter announces results outside SGA offices March 30.

One of those issues is the “furthering of student worldliness and diversity education,” an issue that needs more focus, according to Frey.

“It takes a village, and the NKU community is representative of that and all of the opinions and groups within this campus,” Frey said. “We need to make sure that they’re represented correctly and that we continue to reciprocate the support that they’ve shown us.”

Presidential runner-up and SGA Chief of Staff Taylor Gagné said he thanks his supporters and wishes the winners the best.

“I have confidence in Hannah and her plans for NKU,” Gagné said.

As for Edelen and Frey, they are looking forward to using this opportunity to bridge communication with all students and reinforce NKU’s values.

“I hope that we can create that same support that we had alongside us and bring that to everyone here at this university,” Edelen said.

“We’re just getting started.”

Edelen and Frey will succeed current president Sami Dada and vice president Erica Bluford next fall.

The SGA president chairs the student senate and serves on NKU’s 12-member Board of Regents and the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents. Vice presidents represent students in Faculty Senate and Staff Congress.


View the full results of the SGA election below:


Hannah Edelen, Matt Frey – 591 votes (52 percent)

Taylor Gagné, Caleb Tiller –  305 votes (27 percent)

Jachelle Sologuren, Alex Voland – 184 votes (16 percent)

Samantha Marcum, Derek Holden – 61 votes (5 percent)


Jordan White – 402 (41 percent)

Iain Applebee – 354 (37 percent)

Zoe Koza – 216 (22 percent)


Mick Nelson – 985


Zachary Stone – 975


Christian Dichoso – 607

Brenda Moran – 596

Noah Cullen – 564

SENATORS (25 elected)

Ethan Craig – 464

Paula Marie Gagné – 389

Chinedu Asinugo – 385

Janiah Miller – 370

Samantha Theders – 342

Nicholas Morgan – 339

Brynn Cahal – 333

Trayonna Barnes – 320

Christian Ramirez – 317

Alison Vesgas – 313

Roberto Amazendes – 307

Zachary Dichtl – 291

Madison Juarez – 288

Jarett Lopez – 276

Jared Gilliam – 268

Karim Zein – 266

Jake Anderson – 264

Kris Henderson – 253

Austin McDaniel – 253

Kolawole Akinrele – 252

Keara McClellan – 251

Noel Waltz – 240

Jontay Brown – 233

Patrick Rider – 227

Houston Weedn – 217

Nathan Pappas – 206

Allan Milward – 201

Michael Emmerich – 198

Davis Walzer – 182


The Northerner’s Sam Rosenstiel contributed to this report.

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