Candidate forum for student government kicks off in quad

The Associated Students of Cosumnes River College held a candidate forum on Wednesday in the quad to present the three students who are running for student government positions.

The three students running for open seats on the ASCRC  are 21 year-old theater major Ahriana Levingston, who’s running for student president, 18-year-old undecided major Jalen Pettaway and 19-year-old undecided major Trevor Rasmassen, who are both running for senator positions.

“It’s important that students are able to address their different issues to the campus, so I think it would be a good role to be that person,” Levingston said.

Levingston said she is running so that students’ voices can be heard and has previous experience as President of the CRC Drama Club and Commissioner of the ASCRC Clubs and Events Board from 2017 to 2018.

“I’m running for senator because I haven’t had any experience yet and it’s a beginning place for me,” Rasmassen said.

Rasmassen said he was convinced to run for senator from a friend who was a part of student government, to do something completely new for himself.

Rasmassen’s main position as a candidate is to touch on participation, clubs and events since he feels there is a big need for active clubs on campus. He said he also wants to “increase internship and employment opportunities since that’s a important need for adults in their career paths.”

Pettaway is running for senator because he said that he feels, “all students have a voice and I feel as if some people don’t get to express themselves in a way that they need to.”

As senator, everyone will be able to go to him with their needs so that they can express what problems they have and how they can be fixed, said Pettaway.

Pettaway’s main positions as a candidate include bringing more awareness to sexual assault at CRC and to address the issue of limited water stations placed throughout the campus.

The host of the forum, Halimeh Edais, 20, a journalism major, served as interim president of the student body until the new president has been elected.

“I came to the event because it’s part of my responsibility as interim president but also because I want more students to get involved with campus elections and to actively vote,” said Edais. “Go out and vote!”

Elections for ASCRC are being held Sept. 25 from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on eServices and can be accessed through an eServices student account.