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Letter to the editor... This loss still a win

Rob McGarry | Opinion | March 30th, 2009

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As a candidate for the position of VP External in the recently held Fanshawe Student Union election, I would like to extend my thanks to all of the students who got out and cast their vote in record numbers, just shy of 3,300 students this year.

In some people's eyes I was unsuccessful because of the fact that I did not win, but in my eyes my campaign was successful for a number of reasons.

One of them being the increase in the amount of students voting something which can be attributed to a high profile election campaign, especially our presidential campaign and second, my platform obviously spoke to the 1,376 people who chose to support me.

After the results were announced I had many people who know me as the VP Internal come and indicate their disappointment at the loss, but encouraged me to continue to run again. I will have to consider my options about whether I'd run for either the S.A.C. this fall, or again for the Student Union early in 2010.

I will be returning this fall for the post-graduate program in Corporate Communications and Public Relations, and I will still be as helpful and visible on campus as I have always been.

Finally, I want to congratulate all the candidates who ran and had the courage to put their name and reputation on the line, and how we all win or lose collaboratively worked together to bring out more students to vote, and that is something we can all be very proud of.

I also want to congratulate all the students who exercised their democratic right by voting. My hope is that there won't be as many spoiled ballots next time around, since every vote does count. I wish the Student Union for 2009-2010 much success working on behalf of all students. They made a lot of promises and I am hoping they will be able to deliver upon them, because the hard work is yet to come.

Rob McGarry is the 2008/09 FSU CVP Internal Affairs and ran for the position in the of FSU Election for VP External and Academic Affairs.
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