Voting resumes next week to decide student body president, vice president election

From left, Emily Saadi and Zach Zavodny; Olivia Koenig and Aidan Weidner
From left, Emily Saadi and Zach Zavodny; Olivia Koenig and Aidan Weidner

KEARNEY – One round of voting wasn’t enough to determine the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s next student body president and vice president.

Because none of the candidates received more than 50% of the total votes, as required in the student government bylaws, a runoff election will be conducted next week.

The running mates with the top two totals – Emily Saadi and Zach Zavodny (432 votes) and Aidan Weidner and Olivia Koenig (375 votes) – advance to the next round of voting, which will occur Wednesday, March 9, and Thursday, March 10, through UNK student email. The winning team will be announced the evening of March 10.

A total of 1,084 votes were cast in the presidential race. The third team, Landon Seibert and Jocelyn Rauert, received 277 votes.


Fifteen students were elected to serve on the UNK Student Senate. Those students are:

College of Arts and Sciences
Alex Danson of Waverly
Trenten Theis of Superior
Olivia Koenig of Lakeville, Minnesota
Gracie Luebbe of Columbus
Temo Molina of Stanton
Esther Uma of Kearney
Noah Shackelford of Clay Center

College of Business and Technology
Emily Hall of Columbus
Emma Bond of Kearney
Omar Sanchez of Lexington
Keenan Obed Torres of Bellevue

College of Education
Aidan Weidner of Humphrey
Jacob Howe of York
Tristan Larson of Trumbull

University College (Deciding)
Zoie Jacobsen of Elkhorn