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Whatmore could he ask for?

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Third-year scholars electives student Brian Whitmore was elected as the new Board of Governor's undergraduate representative, beating out three other candidates with 673 of 1,796.

Whitmore beat runner-up Julie Cassidy, a first-year honours business administration student, by just 92 votes in a tight race. Jennifer Yach, a fifth-year student working on two degrees (professional law and engineering, and applied math) and third-year biology and environmental science student Jagjit Saini came in third and fourth with 373 and 169 votes each.

Whitmore said he felt very good. "Man, I feel so good. I feel so happy the students chose me," he said. "I just wanted to get out there and talk to people," he added, when asked how the campaign went. "I think I did just enough, but I'm sure I always could have done more.

"What is next is serving the students of [Western]. They chose me," Whitmore said. "Part of my platform is to make sure [Western] networks with high schools," he said, adding he wants to target financial aid.

Whitmore pointed out Western is a research intensive school and he intends to ensure social science, arts and the media faculty do not get short changed by the administration.

"Brian was a strong candidate," Cassidy said, adding she thought he would do a good job.

Cassidy noted she would not do anything differently given the time constraints of the campaign. "I'm happy with myself and my campaign and my showing," she said.

Yach said she was not surprised by the results, noting the campaign was not well publicized.

Saini was not available for comment.

University Students' Council President Paul Yeoman said Whitmore ran a great campaign. "He's well known on campus, ran in past elections, he put together a great platform and he worked hard to get out and get the votes," Yeoman said.

Yeoman said the campaign went very well, noting it was clean and good issues were addressed. Yeoman thanked all of the candidates for their work, adding they put on a strong race. There were 600 more people voting this year over last, he said, noting this was the result of a good campaign.

Voting was held Wednesday and Thursday this week for the Board of Governors, Senate and by-elections for the USC.

-With files from
Marshall Bellamy, Laura Katsirdakis and Paolo Zinatelli.




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