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Junior Teddy Vann elected 2022-2023 UNC student body president

Taliajah "Teddy" Vann, a candidate for student body president, sits by the in Old Well on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022.
Buy Photos Junior Teddy Vann was elected UNC's 2022-2023 student body president on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from the candidates and additional results.

Junior Taliajah "Teddy" Vann has been elected as student body president, the UNC Board of Elections announced around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Vann received 47.03 percent of the votes cast in the student body president election, defeating her opponents, junior Ethan Phillips, sophomore Sam Robinson and junior Sage Staley.

“You want a president, I think, who is fiery, who has that passion that they’re going to bring not only to this office but to everything that they do," Vann told The Daily Tar Heel in an interview last week.

This year, 4,246 total voters participated in the student body president election — 13.72 percent of all eligible voters, according to results from the BOE. This is up 2.89 percent from last year's voter turnout.

There were a total of 30,950 eligible voters this year. The total is calculated using current enrollment data from the UNC registrar's office.

Of the 4,246 votes cast, Phillips, Robinson and Staley received 23.88 percent, 14.48 percent and 13.14 percent of the votes, respectively. Write-in candidates received 62 votes — 1.46 percent of the total votes cast.     

Given that no candidate received over 50 percent of the vote in the initial count, the instant runoff mechanism was necessary, the BOE said.

Vann will be sworn in as student body president in April, succeeding current Student Body President Lamar Richards.

"I am more grateful than I could ever communicate for this opportunity to make history at our university and to empower our student body," Vann said in a statement posted on her social media Wednesday afternoon.

Robinson said in a statement that he looks forward to finishing his term in the Undergraduate Senate and and finding another way to serve in the coming year.

"Last night, I reached out to Teddy Vann to concede the race for Student Body President," he said. "The Carolina Community has spoken, and I respect the choice they have made."

Phillips also posted a congratulatory statement for Vann on Twitter.

"I know that she will do an amazing job representing every Tar Heel," he said.

The electorate that does not occupy the student body president office will elect a president to serve as executive officer of their specific interests. Because Vann is an undergraduate, this person will be the Graduate and Professional Student Government president. Third-year doctoral student Theodore Nollert was elected as GPSG student body president on Feb. 16.

For the student body election, there were 4,434 total voters, or 14.33 percent of eligible voters.

Winners of other races

Residence Hall Association President

Nate Worley

Carolina Athletic Association President

Lacey Ragan

Rising Senior Class President and Vice-President

Kartik Tyagi and Keisha Solanki 

Undergraduate Senate District 1 

America Juarez-Maldonado

Anna Crist 

Arthi Annadurai 

Balasi Anirudhu Bommu 

Callie Stevens

Caroline Bull 

Colby Conrad 

Daniel Mercedes 

David Vashakidze 

Davis Troutman 

Fabrice Gray 

Grant Bean 

Grayson Coleman

Gabriel “Tanner” Baity 

Husein Syed 

Jared Martin 

Nathanael Haynes 

Nicholas Armstrong 

Phillip Vo 

Pierce Kreider 

Reilly Kungl 

Sam Duggan 

Samuel Hendrix 

Taylor Nguyen

Undergraduate Senate District 2 

Andrew Gary 

Bryson Piscitelli 

Charles Underwood 

Xuan Chen 

One seat remains open

Undergraduate Senate District 3 

Anna Morris 

Damon Grim 

Fatima Perez Dominguez 

Kimberly Holden 

Louise de Quinsay 

Maddox Addy 

Maddux Vernon 

Pallavi Maladkar 

William Troutman

Undergraduate Senate District 4 

Atharv Kripak 

David Bass 

Isabelle Gosling 

Jack McDermott 

Matthew Gallagher 

Matthew Spencer Young

Undergraduate Senate District 5 

Christian Phillips 

Julianna Robbins 

Noelle Harff

Undergraduate Senate District 6 

Alhagi Faal

Deniz Erdal 

Gianluca Ciuffreda 

James Freeland 

Kabir Dewan 

Patrick Gregson 

Patrick Li 

Stefano Dongowski 

One seat remains open

Undergraduate Senate District 7 

Atharva Vispute 

Callan Baruch

Undergraduate Senate District 8 

Krista Lang 

Mackie Tate Tygart

Undergraduate Senate District 9 

Elliot Gualano 

One seat remains open

GPSG Special Election: Biomedical and Health Informatics 

Maura Pauline

Special Election for the GPSG Representative Unit: Romance Studies

Giuseppina Gemboni

In keeping with the Student Code, the UNC Board of Elections said that the election for the Graduate and Professional Student Government student body president will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the Heel Life website. 

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