McMaster Student Union - Presidential Election, 2012
During my time as an undergraduate student at McMaster University, I became involved in student politics through the McMaster Student Union (MSU). After being elected to the Student Representative Assembly as a representative of the Faculty of Humanities and to the Executive Board of the student union, I stood for the presidency of the MSU in a hotly contested race with four other exceptionally qualified, dedicated, and passionate students.
I was unsuccessful in this race, though I learned so much about my fellow students, my campus, and the intense amount of preparation required to run a large campaign. This election was run using an Instant Runoff Ranked Ballot.
Office Sought - President of the McMaster Student Union
Campaign Length - 2 weeks
Vote Totals -
1,213 votes/18.09% (round 1)
1,419 votes/21.17% (round 2)
1,711 votes/25.53% (round 3)
End Result - 3 out of 5 candidates
33.4% voter turnout
Further reading: A campaign video focusing on my platform to improve campus food.
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Ward 1&2 Trustee Election, 2014
Local politics is my passion and, in 2014, I finally took the leap and launched a campaign for the position of school trustee in West Hamilton, where I had made my home since 2012. This was my first general election campaign at the municipal level, though I had sought an interim appointment to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board after a long-time trustee passed away in 2013.
As with my MSU Presidential run, I was unsuccessful in this race. This election posed a number of challenges, as I was attending grad school in Toronto full-time while campaigning. Though I had the help of some amazing friends, I had a very small campaign team, an even smaller budget, and a huge area to cover. I gave it my best, but placed 5th in the race.
Office Sought - School Trustee for Wards 1&2, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Campaign Length - 292 days -OR- 9 months, 19 days
Vote Totals -1,335 votes/12.3%
End Result - 5 out of 5 candidates
24.79% voter turnout