Combs secures SGA win by a landslide

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Story by Kayla HarrellNews Editor

DSC_2130_EDITIncumbent Student Government Association President Clint Combs won the executive position again with about 500 more votes than his opponent, Patrick Hooks. Because Hooks did not win, he said he plans to apply for the vacancy in senator at-large.

There were 1,002 combined votes cast for the candidates, with 735 for Combs and 267 for Hooks.

“I have been a senator for four years,” Hooks said. “I really want to make a difference.”

Combs said he planned to come back for his master’s degree, and Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget cuts to higher education motivated him to run again for re-election.

“One of the big things I want to do is continue to advocate for Murray, continue to advocate for higher education,” Combs said. “We knew it was going to be tough. That kind of sealed the deal.”

Combs said SGA has produced more legislation within this year than over the past few years.

“This year we worked really hard to get our student senators and other bodies to start looking more into the issues on campus, producing legislation and really taking a stand for our students,” Combs said.

Caitlin Dunaway, SGA treasurer election winner, won with 622 votes, defeating opponent Paula Jaco by 341 votes. Chance Roberts, 2016 RCA vice president election winner, won with 452 votes. He defeated opponent Bryan Beals by 188 votes.

“We are trusted by students to serve another term,” Combs said. “I’m going to keep working for the students.”

FULL RESULTS

President – Clint Combs

Vice President – Nathan Payne

Secretary – Tori Wood

Treasurer – Caitlin Dunaway

RCA Vice President

Chance Roberts

Senator At-Large

Collin Morris

Keegan C. Rhines

Michael Mann

Brianna Barnes

Evan Laird

Autumn Graves

A.J. Pittman

Education and Human

Services Senators

Cassidy Carroll

Mimi Eaton

Humanities and Fine Arts Senator

Daniel Hurt

Science, Engineering and Technology Senators

Amanda Shoemake

Michael Gunter

Agriculture Senators

Kaleb Houston

Connor Moore

Caleb Brannon

Nursing and Health

Professions Senators

Amanda Lilly

Jaq Stephenson

Nicholas Bontrager