Candidates share visions for the future of the SGA

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Students are meeting their candidates for the 2024 Troy University Student Government Association (SGA) elections.

Monday night, candidates told the student body why they think they are the best candidate for the job during this year’s SGA  debate. They shared their platforms and their goals should they win the race.

“My platform is to inspire trojans to shine through positivity, unity and a passion for progress, both within ourselves and on campus,” said Camryn Easterling, an SGA presidential candidate. “I’m just a hugely positive person. I think that doing everything with positivity in mind is always just the best way to go about it. And I think through that, that we can really just start to recognize each other and respect each other and then build unity through all those things and I think that putting those two together will really just provide a lot of progress that this university really needs.”

“My motto is ‘Be With Betsy’ and that’s because I want students to be with me, I want you to feel like you are heard,” said Betsy Bennett, an SGA presidential candidate. “I think it’s important that you have a voice and you use that voice. I want you to be passionate. I want you to be excited about coming to Troy and being on our campus. And one way I think we can do that is by fully utilizing the resources that we have.”

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The questions were rapid fire, and the candidates were ready with their answers in an attempt to convince the student body that they are the right person for the job.

Easterling says it’s important for the SGA to form relationships with other organizations.

“A huge goal of mine is really just forming relationships with everybody on campus that I can touch. “I want to make sure that all organizations are heard and that every program is heard.”

Bennett said she wants to ensure student workers are seen and recognized.

“I’m currently working with the human resource department on how we can maybe incentivize student workers, maybe monetarily through their wages, or just through incentives differently, like maybe recognition at athletic events and stuff like that,” Bennett told TrojanVision. “That’s one of the first things that I would love to hone in on as SGA president.”

Current SGA president Theo Thoenes told TrojanVision he hopes the next president will incorporate their own initiatives, while building upon progress the SGA has already made.

“I’m incredibly proud of these candidates,” Thoenes said. “They represented themselves in SGA so well, no doubt that we’re gonna have a really great team this year.”

Betsy Bennett and Camryn Easterling are running for president. Caleb Smith is running for Executive Vice President, and Burnard Thomas is running for Vice President of Campus Affairs. Markcus Cooper is running for Vice President of Internal Affairs and Kazani Snell is running for Executive Secretary.

You can find election results on the SGA’s Instagram account @troysga.