Your student government: Meet the 2021 spring election candidates – CU Boulder Today


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The CU Student Government (CUSG) 2021 spring election is quickly approaching. There are eight candidates running for the position of representative-at-large and three tickets running for the positions of tri-executive, each with their own initiatives, plans and passions. Learn more about your CUSG candidates, and make a plan to vote the week of April 5 in Buff Portal.

Tri-executive tickets

Empower ticket: Ben Capeloto, Kavya Kannan and Taylor Weinsz

Capeloto, Kannan and Weinsz plan to make campus diversity and accessibility their main initiatives. Capeloto studies aerospace engineering and hopes to represent STEM majors in CUSG. Kannan, who studies political science and economics, has enjoyed her position as a CUSG Appellate Court judge and hopes to continue serving the student body. Weinsz, an international affairs major, is actively involved in fraternity and sorority life.

The Empower ticket plans to put their collective passions to use in order to reform CU mental health resources, hold administration accountable to students’ best interests and to elevate the voices of marginalized communities at CU. 

Transform ticket: Hannah Prince, Mia Rodriguez and Joshua Tackaberry

Prince is a junior studying journalism and works as a newspaper editor and intern in her free time. Rodriguez, also a junior, studies finance and accounting, and is currently serving as the treasurer of CUSG’s legislative branch. Tackaberry studies finance and was formerly an active member of fraternity and sorority life.

Together, they make up the Transform ticket, which advocates for transparency, equity and sustainability. Transform also hopes to increase accessibility to mental health and wellness services on campus. 

weCU ticket: Lee Allen, Zoeanne Missner and Nick Nikolov

Allen, Missner and Nikolov are passionate about bringing unity, innovative transportation and COVID-19 relief to campus. Allen is a member of the Leeds Business School, and he also participates in the CU Real Estate Club and the men’s hockey team. Nikolov studies education, and Missner, a strategic communications major, is an active member of the fraternity and sorority community and Student Ambassadors.

The weCU ticket has an action plan to help students recover from the impacts of COVID-19, as well as to help students commute and access basic necessities. 

Vote in the CUSG spring election

The CUSG spring election will be held April 5–8 through Buff Portal. This is your chance to elect new tri-executives and representatives-at-large to the Legislative Council. 

 Town hall with the candidates

Tuesday, March 23, 6: 30 p.m.

Watch live on Facebook

 Candidate debate

Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m.

Watch live on Facebook

Representative-at-large candidates

Troy Bowen

A mechanical engineering major and passionate member of numerous student organizations, Bowen plans to support students and give them a memorable and positive experience at CU by helping them to manage expenses and get involved. He already has some game-day spirit rallies, homecoming activities and volunteer opportunities in mind to kick-start his plans!

Allie Famulare

Famulare is an environmental design student with a passion for creativity and sustainability. If elected, she plans to spend her time in office advocating for the environment and uplifting the voices of Black and Indigenous students of color. Her most important goal is to connect with others in a positive and impactful way.

Crisol Guzman-Corral

A political science major and involved community member, Guzman-Corral plans to create a college experience where students can be included, safe, appreciated and admired for their hard work. Guzman-Corral is passionate about fostering a better educational environment for first-generation students, students of color and non-traditional students. 

Emilia Johnston

Studying political science and international affairs, Johnston aspires to use her platform to encourage community, unity, pride and inclusivity at CU if elected. She is passionate about creating more equitable spaces for marginalized communities and women-identifying students on campus, and also plans to support students who are struggling with the effects of COVID-19. 

Matthew Logan

Logan is an active member of CU GOLD, Political Science Club and BuffSports Live and an aspiring law student who plans to promote social justice, increase campus safety measures and make student organizations, clubs and jobs more widely accessible. Getting involved at CU has been important to Logan, so he wants to make campus engagement more available to all students.

Emerson McClary

McClary is a freshman studying communications and a proud member of DET105, Colorado’s largest Air Force ROTC detachment. His main goal if elected will be to promote safety and provide mental health resources in the CU community to help students affected by COVID-19. McClary also intends to solidify the bonds between Boulder citizens and Boulder students.

Luca Raso

An English literature and philosophy major, co-editor of the Honors Program magazine and Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity member, Raso is passionate about student involvement and giving back to the CU community. Raso wants to make students feel less uncertain about their futures during COVID-19 by promoting reliability, consistency and transparency between administration and the student body. 

Ben Wohl

Wohl is a political science student who has worked on the Kennedy Senate campaign and the Biden presidential campaign. He is passionate about being a vocal advocate for students in the CU community. If elected, Wohl plans to focus on supporting students with learning disabilities by increasing students’ awareness of university programs designed for those with learning disabilities, and strengthening them in any way possible.

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