SG’s new Elections Chair is strict with a smile

9 Sep

Student Government Elections Chair
Thomas Levy

On his Facebook wall, Thomas Levy says he “will be the Superintendent of Broward County Schools in 12 years” and eventually, “the U.S. Secretary of Education.” But before that, the current FAU Student Government Elections Chair wants to go to grad school somewhere Ivy League.

“I want to go to Columbia, Vanderbilt or Harvard,” says the senior social science education major. “My long-term goal is to move back to Florida and help inner-city kids in Miami-Dade.”

Until then, Levy says he’ll focus on making this year’s elections the “best ever,” with competitive races and high voter turnout.

As Elections Chair, Levy will oversee two distinct sets of races: The fall election on Sept. 14 and 15, when students will vote for open seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate on each campus, followed by the spring election next semester, when FAU will elect its next student body president and vice president, along with the campus governors.

“Last year’s elections were a train wreck,” Levy says bluntly. “This year, they are going to be run very organized and by the book. I’m a nice guy, but I am going to be strict to ensure things run smoothly.”

As of press time, there were 95 eligible candidates running in this election – 68 of them on the Boca Raton campus. Levy was instrumental in getting these students to sign up. (Meet the candidates in this week’s issue.)

His goal: “Get more diverse, new faces involved in Student Government.”

His sales pitch? He tells students this is their chance to “make a difference on campus.”

“Do you know that $150 of your tuition goes to Student Government for your Activities and Services fees? That was a real light bulb to me,” Levy says. “We’re paying for what goes on around campus, and we should be involved in how it’s run and be a part of the decisions that get made.”

In his free time, Levy volunteers at a foster home in Fort Lauderdale, helping high-school dropouts get their GEDs. The program, called The College Boost, is something Levy says is very close to his heart.

“These kids were all left behind in the school system and they need support,” he says, adding that the program helps students study, apply for scholarships, and get involved in the community.

Says Levy: “Helping them really opens your eyes and touches your heart.”

His goal for this years’ elections: “To get 8 percent of the student body to vote. We had 6 last year and that was the highest turnout ever.”

His advice to students: “Speak up and get involved in Student Government. You have the power to make a difference and make significant changes at FAU.”

CAST YOUR BALLOT NEXT TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14-15 ON MyFAU.

See this week’s issue: Issue 5, Volume 1

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