Vice Presidential and Trustee candidate: Stephen Pelletier

Name: Stephen Pelletier
Party: Surprise Party
Hometown: Berlin, N.Y.
High school: Berlin High School
Major: Criminal Justice
Age: 17
Clubs/Organizations: Student Senate, The Hudsonian, Community Service Committee, Foreign Language & Culture Club

What made you want to run for this position?

I decided to run because I thought that it would be one of the greatest ways to get involved with my school. I hope that if I’m elected I can help anyone else become more involved with the school and its clubs if they so wish.

What are your qualifications to run?

My qualifications to run are my experiences in not only past positions held, but life experiences as well. Throughout my life I have been involved in many activities that have taught me skills in leadership as well as the importance of community. I can rattle off many titles that I have held but they do not mean as much as the lessons learned from them, the lessons I plan to utilize if elected student trustee and vice president.

Overall, what is your greatest asset?

I would say that my greatest asset is that I am a people person. I have had no trouble striking up conversations with people around me which is something I’m sure many can testify to while I was petitioning. The importance of being a people person to me is not essentially to be well liked by many people, but to understand the needs and wants of my constituents.

Name five initiatives you’d like to focus on with your position?

This is a very standard question that many candidates no matter the position are asked. While a certainly valid question, I would say that my plans for the next academic year (if elected) are to increase the awareness of the vast opportunities on campus and how students should certainly take advantage of them. That being said, the rest of my agenda fluctuates with the desires if the people I represent. I would like to understand the wants of all on our campus to make sure my decisions are made with the best intention for all of our diverse students at Hudson Valley.

What has been some of your greatest experiences during the race so far?

My greatest experience thus far has been working with my party (the Surprise Party) from our humble beginnings of just Emma and I last semester to the well qualified team of five people currently running. It has been an amazing time working together and finding out how each of our strengths can contribute to putting together the best executive board possible for the upcoming academic year.

What is the biggest problem with student life at Hudson Valley?

To me, the biggest problem on campus is lack of awareness of activities and opportunities on campus. While petitioning I found that many students were completely in the dark that there was even a Student Senate or what their student activities fee was going toward. This is why I wanted to run for vice president and student trustee; to ensure that the students at Hudson Valley can make the best out of their time here.

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