Olivia Hussey, MCAS ’17, and Meredith McCaffrey, MCAS ’17, pulled out of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) election yesterday, making them the second team to do so in the past week.
Citing unforeseen personal matters, Hussey (the current Executive Vice President of UGBC) and McCaffrey announced their decision to withdraw from the election just days after Elizabeth Foley, MCAS ’17, and Joseph McCarthy, CSOM ’17, had removed themselves from the race, also due to personal circumstances.
The withdrawal of Hussey and McCaffrey leaves just one team left on the ballot: Anthony Perasso, LSOE ’17, and Rachel Loos, MCAS ’18. Boston College’s Elections Committee sent out an email to the student body postponing the Elections Kickoff, originally scheduled for today, Feb. 21, as they meet to decide whether this will mean an automatic victory for Perasso and Loos.
A similar situation that resulted in just one team running uncontested occurred two years ago, with the Elections Committee deferring to the sole team to make the decision regarding whether they would like to continue unopposed and ultimately resulting in the extension of the nomination deadline.
Following Foley and McCarthy’s decision to pull out, they advocated for their campaign managers (Nikita Patel, CSOM ’17, and Joseph Arquillo, LSOE ’17) to be allowed on the ballot in their place. The Elections Committee rejected this request, despite receiving emails and from students and alumni endorsing Patel and Arquillo. It remains to be seen whether the Committee will reverse this decision in light of the change in circumstances, with an announcement regarding the election to be expected within the next few days.
In an email, Hussey thanked those who worked on their campaign. “You’ve all demonstrated incredible compassion for BC and your peers, and we hope that you continue to take an active role in making BC a better place for everyone.”