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AS Spring Elections

The Associated Students is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning-focused campus environment.
AS Constitution Preamble

Welcome to the official website for the AS Spring Student Leadership Elections! We’re excited to see you Rise, Run, and Represent this coming semester. Associated Students isn’t only for people interested in politics or government. Anyone and everyone who has had a meaningful CSUN experience and is passionate about being a student leader to create more meaningful CSUN experiences for themselves and others is the perfect candidate for Associated Students.

When you’re a member of the AS family, it means:

  • Working with a dynamic and innovative team of involved and passionate student leaders.
  • Representing the CSUN student body on a local, state, and federal level.
  • Working with an almost 9-million-dollar budget each year.
  • Creating programs and services for CSUN students that enhance the quality of campus and student life. Programs/initiatives started by AS Student leadership include smoke free campus, the mobile bike shop, and the subsidized Metro U-Pass.
  • Voting for and creating legislation that directly impacts CSUN, the CSU, and its students.
  • Fulfilling your goals and visions for CSUN and its student body.

If you haven’t done so already, we invite you to a behind-the-scenes look by attending an AS Senate Meeting. They are held every Monday at 9am in the Grand Salon, located in the USU and are open to the public. How to Run for AS workshops will also be held in the AS offices on January 31, 2017 at 2-3pm and March 8, 2017 at 12-1pm. Take the opportunity to make your dreams for CSUN a reality and run for office in the spring AS elections!

Questions or comments? Please direct all inquiry to the AS Chair of Elections at chairofelections@csunas.org, call the AS offices at (818) 677-2477, or visit the AS offices located in the USU next to the Grand Salon

Positions and Qualifications

As well as running for AS President or Vice President, there are a variety of different senate positions in the Student Leadership department that one can run for during the elections process. These senators act as student representatives for the student body in their respective academic colleges. To this end, the senate is the voting body of student government that proposes measures and programs that directly benefit CSUN and its student body. These officer positions are:

President – Must run for office with a Vice President

The president serves as the head of the AS cabinet as well as the CEO of Associated Students Inc., a 501c3 non-profit. Lead AS Student Leadership, manage projects, implement programs and services on our campus and act as the voice of the CSUN student body in local, state, and federal levels.

Qualifications: A student must have completed at least sixty (60) units of college work, including at least six (6) units, or three (3) graduate units at California State University, Northridge, prior to taking office, except when taking office by succession.

Vice President – Must run for office with a President

Work with the AS president as the leaders of Student Leadership and make sure your visions for CSUN become reality. Direct and manage the senate as well as the numerous committees in AS in order to work towards the goals set by you, the president, and senate.

Qualifications: A student must have completed at least forty-five (45) units of college work prior to taking office.

Lower Division Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent lower division standing students here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: A student must have completed the enrollment requirements for a Lower Division student as defined in the current University Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog, under the section referred to as Enrollment Regulations.

Upper Division Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent upper division standing students here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: A student must have completed the enrollment requirements for an Upper Division student as defined in the current University Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog, under the section referred to as Enrollment Regulations.

Graduate Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent graduate students here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: A student must have a baccalaureate degree and be in good standing as certified by the Office of the Registrar.

Academic College Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent the students of your academic college here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: A student must have completed at least twenty-four (24) units of college work before taking office and shall be certified as a specific major in the academic College, having successfully completed at least nine (9) units within that College, except for the College of Education, prior to taking office. The Senator of the College of Education shall have been admitted to that school previously.

How to Run for AS Office

To run for office, submit the Candidate Filing Form by clicking the button at the bottom of this page. You may submit the Candidate Filing Form as early as February 6. Refer to the AS Constitution and AS General Elections Code for rules and regulations regarding eligibility and campaigning. All candidates will be subject to an eligibility check from Admissions and Records. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they are eligible to run. You may not file a candidate form on behalf of another candidate.

Candidates may run as

  1. A President & Vice President Ticket

    Tickets MUST have a President and Vice President. No candidate will be allowed to run as only on or the other. Campaign and platform your ideas for CSUN and its students. A President & Vice President Ticket is not considered a slate unless the ticket decides to join/create one.

  2. Part of a Slate

    A slate is a group of candidates who all run together for their respective positions as part of the same campaign. All candidates must still be elected into office, even if the President & Vice President Ticket is elected. Candidates' names will appear with the title of the slate they belong to on the ballot.

    To file as a slate, fill out the slate application form and indicate which slate you belong to on the candidate filing form. Slates DO NOT need a Presidential & Vice Presidential Ticket.

  3. An Independent Candidate

    Independent candidates run for the office they desire on their own. Independents MAY NOT appear in any campaign publicity/literature of any slate. Candidates' names will appear with the word "Independent" on the ballot.

Each category of candidate may declare a campaign manager who may attend the Mandatory Candidate Orientation Meeting on their behalf.

How to Run for AS Office workshops will be held on January 31 at 2-3 p.m. and March 8 at 12-1 p.m. in the AS offices located in the USU. Please email an RSVP for your desired date to chairofelections@csunas.org.

Electronic Elections Packet: Forms, Codes, and Policies

Once you have filed for candidacy, make sure to submit the following paperwork to the AS offices or by email to chairofelections@csunas.org by the listed deadlines. Any forms not filed or filed without proper signatures/information could disqualify you from candidacy.

Forms listed in red are required to be submitted by all candidates by the listed dates.

Media Forms - Due Friday, March 31 at 4pm

Press Release Agreement - Required for candidates to appear in media through AS and CSUN.

Finance Forms – Due Friday, April 14 at 4pm

Statement of Financial Disclosure Form - Shows the amount of money spent towards candidates’ campaigns. Accompanying receipts to purchases must be submitted with the completed form. Required EVEN IF no money was spent.

Monetary Donation Disclosure Form - Shows the amount of money received by a candidate/campaign. Required EVEN IF no money was received as donation.

Inappropriate Elections Conduct Forms

Formal Complaint Form - Use this form if you wish to file a complaint against an opposing candidate/slate. The Elections Committee will then deliberate upon the charge and determine the appropriate course of action. The last day complaint forms will be accepted is Friday, April 14 at 4pm.

Policies and Codes

AS Constitution - reference for officer qualifications and eligibility requirements.

AS General Elections Code - reference for rules on candidacy and filing, campaigning guidelines, the elections process, etc.

CSUN Student Conduct Code - reference for guidelines on permitted campaign behavior.

MIC Material Distribution Policies - reference for rules on material/publicity distribution such as permitted and restricted locations, types of permitted publicity, material approval process, etc.

MIC Material Posting Policies - reference for rules on material/publicity posting such as permitted and restricted locations, types of permitted publicity, material approval process, etc.

Last Year's Presidential Debate

Check out last year's presidential debate.

Meet the Elections Committee

The Elections Committee is directly responsible for ensuring the integrity of as well as making readily available access to running and voting in the Associated Students elections. The committee is comprised of a variety of CSUN students, each who bring a unique perspective and fresh set of ideas to the committee. This team of dedicated and passionate CSUN students works throughout the year to make sure that the CSUN AS elections is the best experience possible for candidates and voters alike.

Diana Vicente

Diana Vicente — Chair of Elections

Greetings Matadors! My name is Diana Vicente, I am currently serving as the Chair of Elections for Associated Students. I am a sophomore majoring in Marketing. I have been involved with A.S. as a committee member before moving up to chair and hope to continue being involved in the organization for the remainder of my time here at CSUN. As a huge advocate for student involvement on campus, I am always available and willing to learn about other clubs and communities on campus. I look forward to everything that our committee will get done this year and to meet all the candidates for elections in Spring 2018.

Stacey Aguila

Stacey Aguila

My name is Stacey Aguila and I am a first year graduate students studying Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During my undergrad and now my graduate time here at CSUN I have had the privilege of being involved with Associated Students through Student Leadership and Productions. I served as a Senator for the College of Education for two years and have been employed as. Producer since 2015. I am excited for my new role as the Assistant Chair of Elections and hope to increase voter turnout for this election season.

Vidya Venkatesan

Vidya Venkatesan

My name is Vidya Venkatesan. I am an international student studying Physics. I started CSUN as a sophomore this Fall. After getting my Bachelor’s degree, I plan to get into a graduate school for higher studies. In addition to being an Election Committee member, I am also an active participant in the Society of Physics Students club and Women in Engineering club. Being a part of the Associated Student Organization is amazing. I hope to learn more about elections and increase the student involvement in it. An interesting fact about me is that I love learning different languages. I know English, Hindi, Oriya, and Sanskrit. I learned a little bit of Korean and Japanese due to Korean dramas and Animes. I am currently taking French 101. This hobby has helped me learn about different cultures. It has also compelled me to believe that no matter where we come from, we are all similar.

Ronnie Medrano

Ronnie Medrano

My name is Ronnie Medrano. I am a junior studying in English. I just recently transferred from Mt. San Antonio College. I plan on receiving my my Bachelor's degree and teaching credentials to become a high school English teacher. Being that this is my first semester here at CSUN, my only current involvement is being a part of the elections committee but look forward to be more involved with activities and clubs on campus.

Angela Mendoza

Angea Mendoza

My name is Angela, and I am currently a junior majoring in Communications. With my degree, I hope to someday work for a radio station. I have a passion for giving back and helping in any way possible, so I do my best to volunteer & stay involved on campus. This summer I had the opportunity to be a part of New Student Orientation, which ended up being a great experience for me since I love meeting new people! With this said, I look forward to getting to know more students while also encouraging them to vote and get involved. Some Fun facts about myself: I could sleep all day if given the chance. I watch every show on TV. I also enjoy going to concerts and I love to dance, even though I'm not that good at it.

Kimberly Balderas

Kimberly Balderas

My name is Kimberly Balderas, I am a third year studying psychology. As well as being in the elections committee, I am also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Getting involved in campus has made me realize the different opportunities students have to grow and become successful. One of my many goals is to become more active at CSUN and make fulfilling friendships with the many people I know I’ll meet. My ultimate goal is to receive my bachelor's degree and go to graduate school and become a forensics psychologist. I am very excited to the changes and experiences that will happen this year!

Karen Ramirez

Karen Ramirez

My name is Karen Ramirez and I am currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Geology. Apart from being an Elections Committee member, I am the new Finance Lead for TEDx CSUN, a program that organizes a yearly TED-like event to spark conversation in our CSUN community. I am also Treasurer for the Geology Club, a club that educates geology and non-geology students through field trips, guest speakers and by discussing events and ideas. As a Geology major, I want a job that will allow me to travel and benefit society.

Freddy Gonzalez

Freddy Gonzalez

Greetings, my name is Freddy Gonzalez. As a senior at Cal State Northridge, I take pride in being a member of the 2017 - 2018 Elections Committee. Proudly majoring in Communication Studies, it has allowed me to explore varies roads in my life, but ultimately it has given me the assurance that I can do it all. I will continue to expand my education after graduation, in order to continue strengthening my foundation. As a member of the Elections Committee, I will work hard alongside with every committee member to make this school year a success.

Club Competition

The Club Competition is a great opportunity for all University recognized clubs and organizations to promote themselves to their fellow students and win funding while doing so. Any recognized club or org with a good standing Agency Account with Associated Students is allowed to participate to win not only money but also present themselves to the student body and gain popularity amongst students. The club or org with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive a first place prize of $550 followed by second place with $300 and finally by third who wins $150. This is an amazing opportunity for clubs to not only win funding but also win over potential new members to their organization. Apply today!