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Saturday, March 09, 2002
I think I'll analyze a couple of APPLE's Executive Candidates while I'm up here.
President: Sean 'Fresno' Byrne
Analysis: Sean is Rally Committee's Finance Officer. (I think he's Oski, but I have absolutely no proof.) Also works in the Office of Student Life, which gives him good ties to many student groups. Outsider to the ASUC, but well-known on campus. Can call on legions of volunteers.
Interesting Because: Why is he running? Or more specifically, why is he running so hard? Despite relative lack of ASUC information, has absolutely committed himself to running as hard as possible. One possibility: Rally Comm, which has bad blood with the ASUC at the moment, has decided to take matters into their own hands. Other possibility: working in OSL gave Sean desire to remove the pain in the ass that is the ASUC budgeting process from the lives of his student groups.
Beatability: Medium. Still a cipher. His campaign structure is excellent, and he understands the importance of volunteers. But unproven ability to broaden appeal beyond Rally Comm. Must get into various communities-- Greeks, Engineers, Asians-- to have chance of victory. Could look like winner right into voting and still lose.
Executive Vice-President: Sajid Khan
Analysis: Independent, ran with Goat Milk last year. Strong background with MSA, Southeast Asian groups. Good campaign structure and volunteers so far. Record of dissing Daily Cal will hurt him come endorsement time.
Interesting Because: Pits ethnic groups right up against each other. Han Hong's Asian groups vs. Sajid's Indian/Muslim groups. Best hope for APPLE: SA's embarassments in AAA this year vis a vis Teddy Liaw's wandering fingers will lessen their traditional Asian support. Will also determine if Southeast Asians are effective as a voting block. That may have emerged last year, but could've been a fluke.
Beatability: Relatively High. Not for lack of trying, but Hong is SA's toughest candidate this year. Must hope she tries to coast on Asian support, and he can get out other constituencies. Will also use ties to Progressive communities.
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