Words by: Karlyn Sykes
Justin Bruno and Devin Harrison have finally won. After nearly a year of court rulings, protests and heated controversy, Bruno and Harrison, his running mate from the spring 2016 elections, became the President and Vice-President of Florida A&M University’s student body on Wednesday.
A statement issued by FAMU Electoral Commissioner Adrienne Floyd confirmed that they would be canceling the previously scheduled re-election, a poll that would decide the fate of who would serve as SGA president and vice-president for the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“The FAMU Electoral Commission was scheduled to host the New Election on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at all seven precincts,” said the statement. “The FAMU Electoral Commission will no longer host this election on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.”
Bruno could not immediately be reached for comment for this story
Upon receiving the news, Harrison, student body vice-president, is focused on implementing as many initiatives as possible within these next four months.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Harrison said. “It’s a process that we went through to get to where we are right now. Now I’m more so driven on in these next four months maximizing what we can really do to unify the student body and all sectors of SGA.”
Last spring, Bruno and Harrison defeated Victor Chrispin Jr., running for president, and Pernell Mitchell II, running for vice-president, in the SGA Presidential race. Following the election, Chrispin and Pernell filed a ticket challenging the votes counted at the College of Law’s Orlando campus asking that the results be voided.
In lieu of the appeal, former Senate President Jaylen Smith was appointed to interim SGA president and Paris Ellis to interim vice-president.
According to the Electoral Commissioner Floyd, following the appointment the 2015-2016 Electoral Commission was ordered to host a new election in consideration of Chrispin and Pernell’s appeal, however, “higher authorities halted that process.” Both Bruno and Harrison are now expected to assume their positions for an abbreviated term, replacing interim officers Smith and Ellis.
Both Smith and Ellis declined to comment on the matter at this time.
Harrison is also interested in displaying unity moving forward
“I am interested in putting a seminar on with them to show that as students first we are united,” Harrison said. “At the end of the day we should be to lead without a position or a title.”
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