New student body officers lay out vision for HC
By Mitchell Roland - Staff Reporter
Election season has officially ended at Highline, and students have elected a new president and vice president.
Students went to the polls last week, and elected Mohamed Jama as the new ASHC President and Yahya Abdulgani as the new ASHC Vice president.
A total of 377 ballots were cast as Jama received 218 votes, (58 percent) and Abdulgani received 230 votes (61 percent).
An additional 18 ballots that were cast were subsequently invalidated during the verification process. These ballots were not counted for a variety of rea- sons, including students who logged into the voting portal but did not submit a ballot and students who voted more than one time.
Jama said that he and Abdulgani "have a unified vision" for the campus, and that they ran their campaigns as a ticket. The pair first met in Afro Society Club, where they are both involved.
"We kind of connected through Afro Society," Abdul-
"We kind of connected through afro society," Abdul- gani said.
Jama said that he hopes to inspire more people on campus to be involved, and that clubs shouldn't be the only ones with a voice.
"Club leaders shouldn't be the only people that are repre- senting students," Jama said. "You don't have to be in a club to be a leader at Highline."
Jama aims to find more representation for students on campus, and said that when he was campaigning, he found that a lot of students didn't evenknowthattheAssociated Students of Highline College existed.
Abdulgani said that he hopes to accomplish this by having "more festivities and work- shops" that will bring students together on campus.
"More engagement," Jama said. "Our vision is finding au- thentic representation."
Jama said that he also wants to go into classes and try to re- cruit future leaders at Highline.
Neither Jama or Abdulgani will have input into the S&A budget for the 2019-2020 school year, but they will be involved in budget planning for the follow- ing year. The S&A budget is the students and activities budgets, and it funds student programs on campus from athletics to the Thunderword.
Jama said that while he hasn't had a formal sit down for advice with current president Max Brown and Vice President Chalissa Thompson, they did give him tips when he decided to run for office.
For an ASHC council meet-
ing to officially begin, there must be at least five club lead- ers in attendance. Before their meeting on Tuesday, Brown and Thompson went around the Student Union to round up enough club leaders.
Jama said he hopes to change that in the future, so that more people can be involved in the meetings and will attend them.
But above all else, they said that he wants to work to help students on campus find their voice.
"It's not us being their voice, it's us helping them find their voice," Abdulgani said.