VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students at The University of South Dakota elected a new Student Government Association (SGA) President and Vice President last week. Tim Carr of Lamoni, Iowa, is the new SGA President and his running mate, Laura Hofer of Pierre, S.D., will serve as SGA Vice President following the results of the election.
Carr and Hofer, both former SGA Senators, defeated Matthew Tysdal of Sturgis, S.D., and his running mate, Patrick Morrison of Wakonda, S.D., by 387 votes. Carr-Hofer received 741 votes out of the 1,095 cast (68 percent) while Carr-Wagner collected 354 total votes (32 percent). Carr credits experience as a deciding factor in the election’s outcome.
“Laura and I have nearly five years of student government experience between the two of us,” said Carr, a political science and economics double major who served as SGA Senator for three years. “I think that fact made students comfortable with the idea of us leading the Student Government Association.”
Providing a voice for USD students and using opportunities to promote the value of education was a campaign strategy employed by Carr and Hofer that also seemed to work. According to Carr, he and his running mate will be strong student advocates in Pierre for adequate funding of higher education. Additionally, they plan to work with city leaders to strengthen the relationship with the Vermillion community and USD student body.
“We will open up lines of communication between students and city leaders and have a bigger presence at city council meetings,” added Carr, who will take office after being sworn in at the next SGA meeting later this month. “Specifically, Laura and I will work quickly to implement a student discount program in the Vermillion community. The goal of the program will be to encourage students to more frequently shop and eat at local businesses by providing incentives for them to do so.”
Carr and Hofer, a political science major and vice president of USD’s Political Science League, replace current SGA President Blake Alberts and SGA Vice President Anne Grady. They will serve for one-term overseeing SGA Senators Laura Kuschel (College Fine Arts), Matt Blake (College of Arts and Sciences), Garrett DeVries (Arts and Sciences), Jordan Feist (Arts and Sciences), Cassie Heuer (Arts and Sciences), Isaiah Howard (Arts and Sciences), Anna Knotek (Arts and Sciences), Collin Michaels (Arts and Sciences), Daniel Price (Arts and Sciences), Erin Rasmussen (Arts and Sciences), Stanford Swanson (Arts and Sciences), Corey Backer (School of Business), Marc Bury (Business), Megan Maassen (Business), Aaron Oestmann (Business) and Samantha Rogers (School of Education).