So there we go. 17 candidates for ten positions, six of which are contested by more than one candidate.
Josh Hurrell will be your next Union President, Becky Lauder-Fletcher your next VP Education, Helen Crossley Head of Media and Georgia Cheyne Societies Federation President. That if none of them do anything outrageous to attract a mammoth volume of votes for RON, of course.
Of the six contested positions, how many of them are real contests?
VP Finance is over before it has even begun. Chris McKenna is either running as a joke or is on the wrong planet, with little preparation, a failure to turn up on time to media week and a quite simply ludicrous manifesto. Zak Evans, with his Rigg Rut troopers, will get in excess of 75% of the vote, I’m sure of it.
We also have a clear favourite for VP Welfare. Both Dave Tingle and Maz Haider have come in for criticism in recent days and both received less that underwhelming receptions when their names were announced in Piazza earlier. Isobel Ford should, if you were a betting man, run away with this one if, of course, her campaign is solid.
VP Democracy is by far the weakest of the ten elections. One candidate hasn’t even been to Council and the other has been criticised for his Chairing of the fortnightly body. Whoever wins this one, my early prediction is that there will be plenty to scrutinise for next year’s editorial team on The Epinal.
Athletic Union President is intriguing. Jennie Cooper is undoubtedly the on paper favourite. She swings in the BNOC circles, she’s been on AU Exec and she just maybe the first female AU Pres Loughborough has had in a decade. But Tim Jenkins is an extremely strong, substance heavy candidate. He leads one of the biggest clubs on campus extremely well and I think this is a battle that has the potential to go down to the wire.
Rag and Action also could be close contests. Four candidates who know their sections inside out. Four candidates who know each other inside out. It would not be a concern if any of them won a place on the executive and it will be incredibly interesting to see how they differ on their manifestos during The Bubble Debate for them on Tuesday.