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Run-off election required for student council leadership

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Bethel College students will have to recast votes for the executive student council positions of president and vice president.  No candidate for those positions received enough votes to win the election.  Voting for the election concluded on March 23.  This run-off election will take place on Wednesday, March 30 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Students can vote online through MyBethel. They just need to click on the student tab and then the student election information will come up. Bethel College Student Council bylaws state that a majority of the students’ votes are needed in order to elect an official winner.  The bylaws define a majority as more than 50 percent of the votes. Out of the five candidates for president, the two that received the most votes in the first round of voting will be part of the run-off election.  These candidates include sophomore Jacob Baylis and junior Benji Andrews.  Baylis was the closest to receiving a majority, with a final vote count of 167 votes out of the total votes cast, 394.  Andrews received 87. Eliminated from the run-off election for president were freshman Ethan Hunt, freshman Will Haines and sophomore Jay McCutcheon. The vice presidential run-off ballot will consist of the two leading receivers of votes, freshman Asia Dennard and freshman Justin Hueni.  The gap between Dennard and Hueni was much closer than the presidential ballot, favoring Hueni over Dennard, 153 to 138 votes.  But again, neither had more than 50 percent of the total votes cast. Eliminated from the second round of voting for vice president was sophomore Bekah Miller. The Bethel Beacon will provide results of the run-off election as soon as they become available.
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