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Students encouraged to vote in ASUHWO Senate Special Elections


Candidates for the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu (ASUHWO) Special Elections for the 11th Senate of Kapolei. Top row, left to right: Jared McCann, Jonathan Stremel, and Troy Bunce. Bottom row, from left to right: Mikaela Briones, Tanya Pio, Lindsey Millerd, and Christopher Crocco. Image courtesy of UHWO Staff

The Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu (ASUHWO) Senate announced the Special Elections candidates to fill vacant positions for the 11th Senate of Kapolei.

The Special Elections voting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Jan. 27, and will be done online. All fee-paying students at UH West O‘ahu will receive an email to vote in the elections.

The following are the candidates who are running for a position; click here for more information about each of the candidates.

Vice President candidates:
Jared McCann
Jonathan Stremel

Business Administration Senator candidate:
Troy Bunce

Creative Media Senator candidate:
Mikaela Briones

Humanities Senator candidate:
Tanya Pio

Math, Health and Sciences Senator candidate:
Lindsey Millerd

Senior Class Senator candidate:
Christopher Crocco

The ASUHWO Senate is the student government at UH West O‘ahu. The ASUHWO Senate is directly elected by the UH West O‘ahu student body and is led by an Executive Committee, composed of the officers of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

The general body of the ASUHWO Senate is comprised of two Senators-at-Large, a Senator from each class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior), as well as each academic division (Business Administration, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education). The term of office for all elected Senators and Executive Committee members is one academic year.

ASUHWO Advisor Rouel Velasco said the ASUHWO Special Elections is significant because it provides students the opportunity to learn, practice and demonstrate their leadership.

“This is a learning and leadership experience that provides students to advocate on issues of concerns affecting directly the student experiences,” said Velasco, who is also the director of Student Life at UH West O‘ahu. “Those who would then be elected into ASUHWO office will be in meetings with campus administration, faculty, and staff who are wanting to learn more about the student experience and hear student perspectives on a number of topics and issues.”

Velasco continued, “As students, they have the power to inspire change. The administration wants to hear from you and make sure students receive quality education to be contributing leaders in our communities.”

For more information about the ASUHWO Senate or about the Special Elections, email