SGA President Andi Dahmer is not running for reelection

Student body president Andi Dahmer talks about what to expect this semester in SGA. This semester there is a trip to Frankfort open to members of SGA to fight for public education where two members will have the opportunity to give a speech.

Herald Staff

Student Government Association President, and Student Regent on the Board of Regents, Andi Dahmer, will not be running for reelection to her position. 

Dahmer made the announcement in a Facebook post. 

“It has been an honor to serve as your Student Body President and Student Regent during the 2017-2018 school year,” she said in the post. 

As the Herald has previously reported, SGA has experienced growing tensions between members during the fall and spring semesters, and there is concern that the tension will become worse, several organization members have said.

Dahmer has previously said the atmosphere during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters has been different than in previous years.

“This year has become almost toxic in nature,” Dahmer said. “People do a lot to not only attack other people’s viewpoints, but issue personal attacks against individuals, and that was never part of the culture in SGA previously.”

Dahmer said the tension has developed from partisan ideologies that have been brought into the senate, although SGA is supposed to be a nonpartisan organization, making senators more divisive.

“A lot of members of SGA have been very focused on bringing each other down, and you really can’t help anyone if you’re so intent upon tearing others down,” Dahmer said. “It’s not constructive. It’s destructive.”

In her Facebook post, she also endorsed Conner Hounshell, Savannah Molyneaux and Kara Lowry for SGA Executive Board.

Molyneaux currently serves as executive vice president, Lowry as administrative vice president and Hounshell as chief of staff. 

A video posted on a Facebook page promoting the candidacies of Molyneaux, Lowry and Hounshell, states that Hounshell is running for SGA president while Molyneaux and Lowry are running for reelection of their current positions. 

Our ticket is determined to use our seat at the table to represent all students on campus and ensure that our voices are heard. We are committed to increasing retention rates, enhancing student wellness, and promoting diversity and inclusion,” the post reads. 

Election applications were due by today at 5 p.m. and SGA elections will take place April 16 and 17. 

The Herald will update this story as more information becomes available. 

This was updated at 6:45 p.m. with additional information about the Hounshell, Molyneaux and Lowry campaign.