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Felix named ASUA president

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ASUA presidential candidate Manuel Felix (right) speaks with current ASUA election commissioner Diego Alvarez (left) after the announcement of Felix’s disqualification during the ASUA election results meeting in the Student Union Memorial Center on March 12. Felix’s disqualification has been overturned, and he has been named the official president for the 2015-2016 school year.

Manny Felix has officially been named the president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona for 2015-2016.

The Elections Commission overturned the decision of elections commissioner Diego Alvarez on March 13 and named Felix, a junior studying political science and Spanish, the official winner of the presidential race against Hannah Sager, a marketing junior.

Felix will succeed Issac Ortega, current ASUA president.

Felix was disqualified for allegedly violating rules within chapter 5, section 3 of the ASUA 2014-15 Elections Code.

At the election results event on March 12, Ortega announced that Felix did win the presidential race but was disqualified. The disqualification was at the discretion of Alvarez.

Sager said she will appeal the overturned disqualification.

Sager issued the following statement to the Daily Wildcat about her decision to appeal.

“I want to thank everyone who supported me for having run such an incredible and clean campaign,” Sager said. “I believe that the process should be one of integrity and that students trust so we can accurately represent the student voice, I’m okay with the election results — either way, I just want a clean election.”

When Sager appeals the decision, the case will head to the ASUA Supreme Court, which will then grant or deny the appeal.

If the court denies Sager’s appeal, the election results will remain. If the supreme court approves her appeal, a special election between Felix and Sager will ensue.

According to Alvarez, throughout the campaigning process, candidates are allowed “strikes” if they violate rules throughout their campaign.

Sager said that she and her team did receive one strike throughout her campaign and that they accept full responsibility for the strike. Sager did not wish to disclose why she got a strike.

Felix said he did not have any strikes throughout his campaign.

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