Ball State 2019 SGA election slates host watch parties, share final thoughts

<p>The three slates running in Ball State's 2019 Student Government Association (SGA) Election have made several promises to the students in the form of their platform points. SGA, whose purpose is to serve as a voice for the students to the university, has impacted Ball State through its legislation. &nbsp;<strong>Photos: Scott Fleener, DN; Graphic: Emily Wright, DN</strong></p>

The three slates running in Ball State's 2019 Student Government Association (SGA) Election have made several promises to the students in the form of their platform points. SGA, whose purpose is to serve as a voice for the students to the university, has impacted Ball State through its legislation.  Photos: Scott Fleener, DN; Graphic: Emily Wright, DN

With voting for Ball State’s 2019 Student Government Association (SGA) election ending at 5 p.m. today, the three slates are gearing up for the final results.

Empower, Elevate and United will be hosting separate watch parties for the final election results. While Elevate and United have made their watch parties open to the media, Empower has decided to hold an invite-only watch party to which The Daily News hasn't been invited.

Julian Simmerman, presidential candidate of Empower, said over text message that the slate decided to not open their election watch party to the public or the media.

The Daily News reached out to the presidents of all three slates to for their final thoughts about their slates and the election.

Aiden Medellin, presidential candidate of Elevate, said he was really excited about the process and has learned a lot, not just as someone running for student government, but also as a student. 

“I’m really hoping that we can just win outright tomorrow,” Medellin said. “If we don’t, however, I definitely think that when it comes to a runoff we will be one of the two. And if we are one of two, we’ll definitely win.”

Medellin said the student body should know the stress, work and meetings his slate has had in the past two weeks on top of schoolwork “really speaks to the passion and the drive that we have and want that we have to make this university experience better for everyone.”

Julian Simmerman, presidential candidate of Empower, said he has looked into being an SGA senator next year, the only stipulation being his work schedule for next year.

“Whether or not we win the election we’re very happy to be able to increase the interest in SGA elections and hopefully that increases student interest in SGA itself," Simmerman said.

This story will be updated.

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