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By Stephanie Cesca
University Students' Council VP-education Nick Iozzo has decided to run for re-election of his position for the 1999/2000 year.
Iozzo said the agenda of the 1998/99 year has been so extensive, he wants to be able to see some of the projects he has been working on succeed. "There was a lot of stuff that has been started this year that I wanted to continue," he said.
Iozzo explained plans such as reforming the third and fourth-year degrees were one project on his agenda as well as seeing a new director appointed to the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.
Iozzo said if he were to be re-elected, he believes it could be beneficial to the USC. "It would be good to have some continuity," he said.
Although his experience may provide Iozzo with an upper hand over the other candidates, he said he believed this may also be a disadvantage as well. He said he was having a difficult time campaigning due to the responsibilities of his position.
USC President Ian Armour said he was concerned about the amount of work Iozzo has taken on. "I was concerned his job might be suffering," he said. "But he's making sure to separate campaigning from work."
As for his thoughts on whether or not Iozzo's experience will work for or against him, Armour said it may not necessarily be advantageous. "I think Nick's done a good job but some people believe fresh blood is a good thing," he said.
With respect to the other two candidates running for the position Ian Black, a USC representative from the faculty of education and Mark Kissle, the president of faculty of music student council Iozzo said they are both reputable candidates. "I wish the best candidate luck," he said.
Kissle said Iozzo definitely has a lot of experience and credibility to support him, but hoped it would not be the only factor taken into account. "I think everybody should be voted [for] on equal ground," he said. "I've known Nick for a long time. I wish him the best of luck."
Melissa Cousineau, VP-student affairs for the USC, would not comment on Iozzo's decision to run again. "I think it's unfair to the other candidates," she said.
Saphna Goel, political science representative on the Social Sciences Students' Council, had a mixed reactions about Iozzo's decision. "I don't think it's such a bad idea, but at the same time it would be cool to let somebody else hold the position," she said.
Elections for all four USC vice-president positions will take place this Saturday.