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We Asked The YUSU Prez Candidates What Makes Them Different

With various debates and videos to watch, manifestos to read and cardboard all over campus it can be hard to form a clear idea of each election candidate. Without spending hours doing so, that is. So we asked each of 2016’s candidates for YUSU President three short but important questions. You can vote here until 5pm on Friday 19th February. Don’t forget to take our poll at the end of the article and see what other voters think!

Here’s what each of this year’s YUSU Prez candidates had to say, in alphabetical order.

Millie Beach

What is the main thing that differentiates you from the other candidates? 

I’ve got a lot of experience with YUSU and the Uni without having been indoctrinated. My policies are also largely focused on supporting colleges and societies first and foremost!

What is your most important manifesto policy? 

Creating a #LoveYork social media platform. I feel as though the candidates talk lots about transparency and communication without giving concrete ideas on how it works. This will provide students with information, support societies and colleges, open up YUSU and provide employable skills for students who get involved.

Sum up the type of YUSU President you would be in 3 words. 

Accessible, determined and honest.

Ciarán Morrissey

What is the main thing that differentiates you from the other candidates? 

I’m an outside candidate with realistic policies, all of which can be found clearly laid out on my campaign page.

What is your most important manifesto policy? 

Mental health, certainly. There are so many small and achievable things that the University and YUSU could do that would make a huge impact on the lives of many students.

Sum up the type of YUSU President you would be in 3 words. 

Realistic, approachable, reliable.

Habib Nassar 

What is the main thing that differentiates you from the other candidates? 

I feel my experience sets me apart from the other candidates. I’ve been heavily involved with societies, campaigns and my college during my time at university. I was part of a team that passed a referendum last year and changed YUSU policy according to what the students wanted. Because of my experience, I have been able to fill my manifesto with policies that are ambitious but specific and relevant.

What is your most important manifesto policy? 

It’s difficult to pick one that’s the most important as I believe they all work to create an inclusive atmosphere to represent all students. If I had to pick one, however, it would have to be improving mental health services. I want to provide a centralised system for all of the services as well as put a proper feedback system in place.

Sum up the type of YUSU President you would be in 3 words. 

Passionate. Approachable. Empowering.

JJ Wilson

What is the main thing that differentiates you from the other candidates? 

My policies are both feasible and achievable within a year.

What is your most important manifesto policy? 

It’s a tie between Digital First and Diversity Now, as both are important issues that really need to be addressed.

Sum up the type of YUSU President you would be in 3 words. 

Fair, just and legendary.

Oliver Wilson

What is the main thing that differentiates you from the other candidates? 

I’m a fresh face! I’ve seen what works in YUSU and what doesn’t, and I’ve got great practical policies to help combat the crisis of representation.

What is your most important manifesto policy? 

Free tea every Monday. I want to make YUSU more open and efficient, which is why I’ll give out free tea in the library every Monday of term. I’ll be there to answer any questions, take suggestions, or just complaints about the quality of the tea!

Sum up the type of YUSU President you would be in 3 words. 

Forward-thinking, responsive, engaged.

Ananna Zaman 

What is the main thing that differentiates you from the other candidates? 

I’ve already had first hand YUSU PTO experience as well as having a non-officer YUSU role. I have the most experience.

What is your most important manifesto policy? 

For me it has to be the increased student support services. Student wellbeing and welfare is my number one priority.

Sum up the type of YUSU President you would be in 3 words. 

The best one.

Who will you vote for? 

 

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