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Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Might as well finish up analyzing candidates. The only remaining mystery is Cal-SERVE's candidate for Academic VP, so lets get that out of the way: it's Peter Gee.
Academic Affairs VP: Peter Gee
Analysis: Tony Falcone is one of the most beatable candidates to come along from Student Action in the past five years. All Cal-SERVE had to do was put up someone with a reasonable amount of experience and good popularity. Instead, they nominated a Freshman whose major experience in the ASUC is an incompetent monthlong stint in Academic Affairs. Peter is a Gay, Asian guy with most of his ties to the APA/Progressive community. Good ties to the Asian community, but mostly to the Progressives.
Interesting Because: He was nominated above Patrick Hammond, who is both more experienced and more popular. The rumor is that everything about Patrick was perfect except for him being all white and male. Hence, Peter. Will showcase if the Progressive Asian community is powerful, and if Cal-SERVE can put together a strong campaign.
Beatability: High. Tony will have to beat himself to lose. I mean, probably 80% of APPLE, including myself, will vote for Tony above Peter. Even those that hate Tony respect his experience.
External VP: Evan Holland
Analysis: Moderate, concilliatory Cal-SERVE member with a strong sense for compromise and political reality. Has been good on Finance Committee this year. Strong ties to Progressive community outside of normal Cal-SERVE ties.
Interesting Because: African American vs. African American. No inside info on how that fight will go down. Winner will, however, probably ignore the Black community and pick up the big voting blocks, while hoping the other person concentrates on it too much.
Beatability: Low/Medium. If Cal-SERVE runs any sort of campaign, Evan will win over Jimmy. Far superior experience, strong aura of competence, etc. But preliminary signs out of Cal-SERVE aren't encouraging. They appear to be as unorganized as last year, if not worse.Email This Post!
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