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Cadesca/Pepe ACE runoff election by narrow margin

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Following a competitive election, voters chose Langie Cadesca and Nicolas Pepe by a narrow margin to lead the organization for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Cadesca/Pepe ticket beat the #UAlbanyUnited team comprised of Mark Anthony Quinn and Patrick Carroll by just 85 votes, earning earn a 51.42 percent majority with 1,300 votes. The Quinn/Carroll received 1,215 earning 48.06 percent of the vote.

“I feel so happy,” said Cadesca on her win. “We worked so hard, day in and day out, hour-by-hour-by-hour.”

Running on a platform of accountability, community, and excellence, or ACE, Cadesca and Pepe said it was their willingness to listen to students that gave them the edge following a general election that resulted in a runoff.  

“We had our team out there all day long, nonstop reaching out to students explaining our goals and our initiatives,” said Pepe. “At the end of the day, it’s not about us, it’s about what they want to see. We gave them what they wanted and in return we’re here.”

Following a contentious campaign season that saw an increase in bribery complaints, Cadesca and Pepe plan to take a short break over the weekend before preparing to assume their newly elected roles this fall.

With plans to reinstate the academic affairs department and create a subcommittee to the Intercultural Affairs department focused on serving international students, Cadesca intends to meet with departments in SA to gain a better understanding of the problems with each department.

“I would say for the ending of the semester we definitely have to do a bulk of finding out what other people would like to see from us, what they would like to see from the Student Association,” said Cadesca.

The #UAlbanyUnited ticket earned 19 out of the available 23 senate seats in last week’s general election, beating out several senators who ran as part of the ACE ticket.

Cadesca said she doesn’t believe there will be any problems in working with members of the opposing ticket next year.

“We all have a mission to benefit the student body,” she said. “At the end of the day, regardless if you agree with my principles or not, no matter if you wanted us to win or not, you have to work with us in order to better the campus climate for everyone else.”

Referencing the 19 senators elected from the opposing ticket, Pepe said, “I can guarantee you we will be reaching out to every single senator who was elected within the next few days.”

Pepe insisted he and Cadesca were focused solely on the student body.

“No matter what team you’re running on or who you support, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the students.”

After what she called the most stressful month of her life, Cadesca plans to celebrate this weekend with a trip to Crossgates Mall.

“I’m going to go shop because I do believe in retail therapy,” she said. “But the first thing I need to do is sleep and just rejuvenate.”

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Chad Arnold is a reporter for the Albany Student Press covering Student Association affairs. He is also an die-hard heavy metal fan.

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