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Simonhoff takes run-offs

22 votes separated winner from loser; Casher plans to appeal the results

 by Kyle Snow
 published on Thursday, March 8, 2007

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Jamie Scharer / THE STATE PRESS
 

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Liz Simonhoff beat out Shawn Casher by 22 votes in the Undergraduate Student Government presidential election Wednesday.

With 50.4 percent of the vote, Simonhoff will assume the role of USG president and serve as a liaison between the student body and ASU administration next year. A total of 2,501 students voted in the election.

But Casher said he is going to appeal the ruling to the Associated Students of ASU Supreme Court because he was banned from campaigning for five hours on Tuesday.

"We lost [by] 22 because we were barred for five hours at the very end," Casher said.

Casher's campaign had two major violations near the very end of the voting period, which is why his ticket was barred, said elections director Matt Cicinelli.

"There were e-mails sent out with a direct link to ASU interactive to different student groups on behalf of Casher's campaign," Cicinelli said.

The second violation occurred when people wearing Casher's campaign shirts were seen putting up materials in the Memorial Union, he said.

"Shirts were only given to people that were campaigning on [Casher's] behalf," Cicinelli said.

Both of these methods of campaigning are major violations, he added.

If the ASASU Supreme Court sides with Casher, a number of things can happen, but it ultimately comes down to what the justices decide, Cicinelli said.

Rules of the Supreme Court state that justices are not permitted to discuss any pending or potentially pending matters, said an ASASU Supreme Court Justice.

But Casher said there were a lot of positives about the run-offs.

"It was a good race," he said. "We had great momentum going into the runoffs, and we actually gained 400 votes, which is really exciting."

Simonhoff, who ran with Chris Gustafson and Alex Pasco as her vice presidential candidates, jumped up and down when she found out she had won.

"We did it, and we did it with class," she said.

The classy thing about their campaign was that they were positive and focused on the students instead of negativity, Simonhoff said.

"I guess that's the gratifying thing, to know that it doesn't have to be too political by getting dirty to prevail in the end," she said.

The campaign experience was exciting, but very exhausting, Simonhoff said.

"We owe it to everybody who has helped us out," she said. "Standing outside by ourselves, we couldn't have done it on our own."

The reaction she received from students who wanted to help her was one of the best parts, Simonhoff said.

"I guess the most humbling thing in my heart is at the end of the day, win or lose, we had so many amazing people by our sides," she said.

Reach the reporter at: kyle.snow@asu.edu.



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