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Election Supervisory Board

The Election Supervisory Board (ESB) is charged with conducting and overseeing all student elections, including those required by the Student Government Constitution and by other university policy-making boards or administrative bodies that refer to the ESB in their election codes. Election disputes and grievances are heard by the ESB; their decisions may be appealed through an appellate procedure as well.

2017 Election Supervisory Board

Catrin Watts, Chair

Catrin is a fourth-year PhD student in Music Theory at UT, following an MA and first class honors BMus from Queen's University, Belfast, UK. While at Queen's, Catrin started playing rugby and became involved in committees to develop the sport at a local and national level. Catrin has continued to serve the rugby community in Texas as match secretary for the Austin Valkyries. As chair of the Electoral Supervisory Board, Catrin is committed to working hard to ensure the fair election of new student leaders at UT.

Alex Byron, Vice Chair

Alex is a graduate student getting a masters in Economics here at UT. She enjoys traveling, Stranger Things, and sour patch kids. She is looking forward to ensuring the campus election goes smoothly and preventing another recount in Florida.

Sarah Fahim, Secretary

Sarah is an international graduate student majoring in Advertising at the Moody College of Communication. She wants to pursue a practitioner's career in communication strategy and analytics, and enjoys creative writing as well. An interest in exploring her own and her peers' leadership potential has brought her to the Election Supervisory Board.

Maysa Alqaisi

Maysa is a finance major from Richardson, TX. She is currently also a part of the Undergraduate Business Council and Senate of College Councils. As a passionate advocate for student voice, she joined the Election Supervisory Board to ensure fair and just elections that can further promote an institution as vast as The University of Texas at Austin.

Abdulkarim Bora

Abdulkarim is a fourth-year student majoring in physics and earning a teaching certificate in physics and math through the UTeach program. He was born and raised in Austin, Texas and loves the great food the city has to offer. In his time at UT, Abdulkarim has served as an Orientation Advisor and Resident Assistant for three years. He is also a mentor for the Longhorn Link Program. Abdulkarim is excited to serve on the Election Supervisory Board because the campus-wide election is an energetic time for engaging conversations among students around campus.

Hudson LaMothe

Hudson is a second-year student from Dallas, TX at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Finance on the corporate track. He is most excited to be serving on the ESB not only to give back to the student body, but also to encourage more students to get involved in student government by ensuring that the elections run on a foundation of integrity. Due to the significant impact that the elections have on the student body, he believes it is important to make sure that these elections are fair and unbiased. In addition to serving on the board, Hudson is a member of Phi Delta Theta, the University Finance Association, and an analyst for Alpha Kappa Psi's privately-held fund.

Luis Limon

Luis is a fourth year student pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. While on campus, Luis has been involved with Pi Sigma Pi: Minority Academic Engineering Society, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Habitat for Humanity. After graduating in May, Luis will work as an engineer for Procter and Gamble. By serving on the ESB, he hopes to maintain the integrity of each election to ensure that all voices are fairly heard.

Jennifer Valdez

Jennifer is a third year Government major with a minor in English. On campus she is a Senior Resident Assistant in Jester East, and serves as Vice President for the Resident Assistant Association. In previous years Jennifer has served on the Student Conduct Board for the University and the Judicial Board for the Division of Housing and Food Services. She is excited to be given the opportunity to uphold the integrity of the Campus-Wide Election and ensure a fair and objective outcome.

Cathrine Wright

Catherine Wright is a freshman from New Canaan, CT in the McCombs School of Business. She loves spending time with friends, family, exercising, and exploring all that Austin has to offer. Catherine's interest in the board came from her desire to encourage faith and transparency in UT's election environment to assure students felt invested in their student government and that it could be an entity they could count on.

Sofia Aranha, Alternate Member

Sofia is in her third year pursuing a dual degree in Dance and Economics through the Liberal Arts Honors program with a Pre-Law concentration. She currently serves as the Vice President of Theatre & Dance within the Fine Arts Council, Chief of Staff of the Gateway Mentor Program, and Chairwoman of Texas Orange Jackets', Week of Women. Sofia previously served as the Secretary on the board and this year hopes to maintain the integrity of campus wide elections and make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Alexandra George, Alternate Member

Alexandra George is a second year International Relations and Global Studies major from Austin, Texas. In Alexandra's time at The University of Texas, she's been involved in the Philanthropy committee at Delta Delta Delta sorority and in mentoring children at the Texas for Expanding Opportunity organization. During her free time, Alexandra likes to explore downtown Austin and spend time volunteering with her church. This being her first year on the Election Supervisory Board, Alexandra is looking forward to working alongside fellow leaders and classmates to ensure student wide elections run smoothly and fairly.

First Year Representative Election Oversight

According to Sec. 6.6 of the Student Government Constitution: FIRST-YEAR ELECTION OVERSIGHT (pdf). The Supreme Court shall oversee the elections of the First-year representatives.

The Election Supervisory Board (ESB) is charged with conducting and overseeing all student elections, including those required by the Student Government Constitution and by other university policy-making boards or administrative bodies that refer to the ESB in their election codes. Election disputes and grievances are heard by the ESB; their decisions may be appealed through an appellate procedure as well.


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