Brandon Addeo | News Editor
Kevin Stalker, the former incoming Student Government Association Executive Vice President of Student Life, voluntarily withdrew his nomination March 24, two days before Sunday’s confirmation hearing for the new SGA executive board.
Stalker, who is facing multiple criminal charges, sent an email with his decision to step down to the SGA Election Board, according to board chairman Tyler McCardell.
“The SGA Election Board announces that Kevin Stalker … has rejected his nomination and therefore will not serve in that capacity for the next year,” McCardell said. “As a result of this, the SGA has … determined that there will be a special election held.”
He said the Election Board will request special provisions to alter election requirements from the SGA Senate at the 7 p.m. SGA meeting Sunday.
McCardell said they plan to ask that the Senate to reduce the number of signatures a candidate must receive to be eligible to run for SGA office.
Otherwise, the special election will be “subject to the same rules and regulations” as regular SGA elections and also will be hosted on the CampusLink website as usual, he said.
The SGA will publically announce the special election via campus-wide email in the coming week, he said.
According to McCardell, the tentative date for the special election will be April 18. The executive vice president of student life position will be vacant until then.
He could “guarantee” the new executive vice president of student life will be sworn in before April 23, the last SGA meeting day of the school year.