Meet the FAU Legislative Election Candidates

Christopher Massana

FAU’s Student Government is holding its annual legislative elections on Tuesday Sept. 24 and Wednesday Sept. 25. Students can vote in the elections by logging into their MyFAU accounts or by visiting one of three on-campus polling stations on the Boca campus (located in the Library, in the Centre Marketplace and on the Breezeway). The UP reached out to the election candidates, giving each 50 words to provide information about themselves so that students know just who they’re voting for. Here are the responses we’ve received (the list will be updated as more candidates submit information):

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Photo courtesy of Michael Cepeda
Photo courtesy of Michael Cepeda
  • Name: Michael Cepeda
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Double major Political Science/Communications Studies
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words: I have been involved with student government for over a year and served this past summer as the Speaker Pro-Tempore. I enjoy giving back to FAU and I’m always working towards helping students enjoy their time here.

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Photo courtesy of Jessica Concepcion
Photo courtesy of Jessica Concepcion
  • Name: Jessica Concepcion
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Double major Political Science and Public Management, French minor
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: Vote me into the house this fall semester because it’ll be a decision you won’t regret. FAU, boca campus is my beautiful home and I’d love to be apart of it even more by being involved in making your experience here on campus one you won’t easily forget.

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Photo courtesy of Didier Ortiz
Photo courtesy of Didier Ortiz
  • Name: Didier Ortiz
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Political Science
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words: I consider myself an advocate of student interests; even when said advocacy means that I must oppose our current administration. I’ve made it my business and mission to make Florida Atlantic University a force of positive impact in the lives of all of its students. I am your diligent representative.

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Photo Courtesy of Sofia Rinvil.
Photo Courtesy of Sofia Rinvil.
  • Name: Sofia Rinvil
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Political Science, Sociology minor
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: What I would like people to know about me is that I’m very ambitious, hard-working, I love to volunteer. I’m small country Haitian -American girl from Belle Glade who simply is just trying to accomplish all the goals that I set for myself while helping others. I’m just trying to — [50 word limit reached]

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Photo Courtesy of Katharine Morris.
Photo Courtesy of Katharine Morris.
  • Name: Katherine “Katie” Morris
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Public Management
  • Running for: Boca Student Senate
  • In her own words: Having been a Senator and a member of the House of Representatives in the recent past, I believe my knowledge within Student Government and my determination to help our school succeed in every aspect shows how passionate I am about FAU, its students, and the community.

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Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Robins.
Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Robins.
  • Name: Tiffany Robins
  • Major: Political Science Minor: Spanish
  • Year: Junior
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I am Vice President of Broward Campus Dance Club and a member of International Friends Program. I enjoy being involved on campus and have volunteered at multiple events. As a House of Representative member I will be supportive of innovative ideas for campus improvement, campus technology enhancement, increase budget for — [50 word limit reached]
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  • Photo Courtesy of Kylie Shortt.
    Photo Courtesy of Kylie Shortt.

    Name: Kylie Shortt

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Neuroscience & Behavior
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: People should know that I am very dedicates, diligent, and focused. I want to be more involved with the community of FAU. I feel this would be a perfect opportunity to be involved.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Leacshane Simpson.
    Photo Courtesy of Leacshane Simpson.

    Name: Leacshane Simpson

  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Pre-Business (Marketing – Advertising)
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I am a simple, fun loving individual. I consider myself to be a strong advocator of positive changes. I enjoy being involved and consider the position as a house of representative more than just involvement but an avenue to create change and make an impact. Let me be your voice.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Mariana Laxague.
    Photo Courtesy of Mariana Laxague.

    Name: Mariana Laxague

  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Nursing
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I want people to know that I am very hard-working and I want to get involved with the community so I can help students be more involved and have a great college experience.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Boris Bastidas.
    Photo Courtesy of Boris Bastidas.

    Name: Boris Bastidas

  • Year: Graduate Student
  • Major: Political Science
  • Running for: Boca Student Senate
  • In his own words: I served as Boca House Speaker for two years, authored over 40 pieces of legislation and restructured many of the House’s procedures.  I’m running for Senate because I want to help revise SG Statutes, improve the University Wide Budget Allocation Process and bring my skills and experience to the table.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Aaron Sherman.
    Photo Courtesy of Aaron Sherman.

    Name: Aaron Sherman

  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Psychology
  • Running For: Boca Student Senate
  • In his own words: I have been involved in student government since this past summer as a Boca Raton House Representative serving on the Campus Action committee. As a member of the senate, I will continue to help FAU grow as a place for both a great education and an awesome experience for students.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Sosa.
    Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Sosa.

    Name: Rebecca Sosa

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Double Major Political Science/Sociology (Certificate in Women’s Studies)
  • Running For: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I’ve been involved with Student Government since my freshmen year. Throughout my 3 years in SG I’ve held several positions, namely the Secretary position and currently the Ways & Means Committee Chair. I look forward to an exciting last year in SG. Go Owls!!!

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  • Photo Courtesy of Aleksandr  Isidore.
    Photo Courtesy of Aleksandr Isidore.

    Name: Aleksandr  Isidore

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Running For: Boca Student Senate
  • In his own words: As a student of Florida Atlantic University I believe that all students should have the opportunity to get involve. I feel that there are student organizations that lack the ability to include other students. This is an issue that student government and administrators are aware of and I plan on addressing — [50 word limit reached]

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  • Photo Courtesy of Ian Dunne.
    Photo Courtesy of Ian Dunne.

    Name: Ian Dunne

  • Year : Senior
  • Major: Political Science
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words: I have been in the House of Representatives since May 2011. I am coming into the House with the knowledge and experience. Looking forward to the new academic year with my colleagues.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Geneva Bryant
    Photo Courtesy of Geneva Bryant

    Name: Geneva Bryant

  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Engineering
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I am very excited to start my freshman year at FAU and am ready to keep the best interest of the students in mind.  I am dedicated, hard-working, and ready to meet the challenges ahead.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Gabrielle Newby.
    Photo Courtesy of Gabrielle Newby.

    Name: Gabrielle Newby

  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Computer Engineering
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I would like people to know that I have past experience with student government, which will enable me to be a responsible and organized representative. I am looking forward to getting involved with FAU to help our school and students succeed the best.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Jihad Sheikha.
    Photo Courtesy of Jihad Sheikha.

    Name: Jihad Sheikha

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Political Science, Psychology minor
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words: American by birth, Owl by choice. I am committed to the purpose of the FAU House of Representatives. Said purpose is the exercise of student power for student interests. Colloquially speaking: I got you. My goal is to turn this campus into your campus. I’m your ambassador to the administration.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Tierney Brown.
    Photo Courtesy of Tierney Brown.

    Name: Tierney Brown

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Sociology
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words:   I am a FAU Army ROTC Cadet, former Publicity Chair in the AHCC for the RSA, and previously employed as a SA in UVA. I aim bring any questions or concerns my peers may have regarding FAU politically to the light, and represent those who support me accordingly.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Tricia Don.
    Photo Courtesy of Tricia Don.

    Name: Tricia Don

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Biology
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: Though this would be my first time in Student Government, I am involved in the campus through organizations. I want the students to love the campus and join in as well. I want people to know that I am dedicated and hardworking. I can’t wait to give back to FAU!

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  • Photo Courtesy of Ansel Brooks.
    Photo Courtesy of Ansel Brooks.

    Name: Ansel Brooks

  • Year: First-Year Student (already has AA from Broward College)
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Running for: Broward House of Representatives
  • In his own words: The most important thing that everyone should know about me is that I am a man of God, but also that I am looking out for each students best interest at FAU. As I go around the campus at FAU I am looking for things that will make us safer — [50 word limit reached]

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  • Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Marroquin.
    Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Marroquin.

    Name: Kimberly Marroquin

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Philosophy, Min: Political Science.
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: Army ROTC Cadet, Pre-Law Society Webmaster. Not only am I resourceful and motivated, but I will listen and voice your opinions if elected.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Joshua Puchferran.
    Photo Courtesy of Joshua Puchferran.

    Name: Joshua Puchferran

  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Business, finance
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words: In 2001 I attended FAU’s first football game, and soon became a ball boy for the football team.   This year as an FAU freshman, I am looking forward to working hard and serving you as a Representative in student government, creating a better culture and experience for every FAU student. — [50 word limit reached]

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  • Photo Courtesy of Jobaanny Gallego.
    Photo Courtesy of Jobanny Gallego.

    Name: Jobanny “Joey” Gallego

  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Political Science
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words: As a freshman at FAU I’d love to make a name for myself, and what better way to do so than by running for a student government position? So vote for me, I’m ambitious, compassionate, outgoing, and I’m not afraid to speak up when nobody else will.

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Photo Courtesy of Camila Barco.
Photo Courtesy of Camila Barco.
  • Name: Camila Barco
  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I am determined to help students be more involved in school events and clubs and to make the experience at FAU an unforgettable one. I consider myself to be helpful and able to hear what students have to say to better the community.
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    Name: Kathryn Edmunds

  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Pre-Business
  • Running for: Boca House Representative
  • In her own words: Since I was a freshman in high school I have been heavily involved in student government, activism projects, and civic engagement. I spent my last two years of high school doing full time dual enrollment. I love Florida Atlantic University and am excited for the opportunity to serve the school — [50 word limit reached]

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  • Photo Courtesy of Christopher Ferriera.
    Photo Courtesy of Christopher Ferriera.

    Name: Christopher V. Ferreira

  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Political Science Major
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In his own words: Since Spring of my freshman year I was involved with Student Government and I wouldnt change a thing. It has been a great experience being able to give back to the student body and I am always looking to find ways to improve the student experience at FAU. Go Owls!

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Photo Courtesy of Julhi Ann Francis.
Photo Courtesy of Julhi Ann Francis.
  • Name: Julhi Ann Francis
  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Criminal Justice & Mathematics
  • Running for: Boca House of Representatives
  • In her own words: I am a dedicated and focus leader and love to be very involved. I am outgoing and focus on every task set for me.

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