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Jaleah Taylor elected as 2024-25 UNC student body president

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Jaleah Taylor speaks at the Student Body President Election Debate in New West Building on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024.

Jaleah Taylor will serve as the 2024-25 student body president, the UNC Board of Elections announced at around 1:11 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Taylor received 65.51 percent of the overall election vote, while the opposing certified candidate Laura Saavedra Forero received 32.42 percent. Write-in candidates received 2.07 percent.

She said she was excited to receive a call from acting chair and president of the UNC BOE Sophie van Duin confirming her election as SBP early Thursday morning.

"I'm surrounded by some of the best people in the world that helped us get to this moment," she said. "I am feeling overwhelmed but really grateful that the student body has trusted me with leading this university."

As a candidate for SBP, Taylor's campaign slogan was "Our Home, Our Future, Our Carolina." Her platform aimed to address food insecurity on campus, increasing accessibility, prioritizing student mental health and create the framework for a "greener" UNC. She is a co-founder and president of the Black Pre-Law Student Association at UNC and will continue to act as the current undergraduate student body secretary until her inauguration in April. 

Taylor said that her favorite part of her campaign was creating the launch video announcing her candidacy. She said that after meeting with so many different student organizations and putting together her policy platform, she loved watching everything come together. 

Now, as president-elect, Taylor said she is most excited to do one thing: "advocate."

"I know throughout this campaign journey, I've met with so many different organizations, but to continue that, I'm really super excited to meet with groups that a lot of lot of times don't normally get met with. I'm just super excited to advocate," she said.

Voting ended at midnight on Feb. 14. Out of 31,778 eligible student voters, the UNC BOE received a total of 2,224 votes for student body president: 1,457 for Taylor, 721 for Saavedra Forero and 46 for other write-in candidates.

This year's voter turnout rate for SBP was 7 percent. Last year, the turnout was calculated to be 12.77 percent. 

The results of other study body races on the ballot are as follows:

Carolina Athletic Association President

Elizabeth Kohn

Residence Hall Association President

William Kelly

Rising Senior Class President and Vice President

Timothy McLendon and Imani Chabikuli

Referendum: On the revision of the Student Constitution

Passed

Referendum: An amendment to permit the funding of the institution housing student organization and club funds

Passed

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Undergraduate Senate District 1

April Song

Ashley Dowdney

Elina Banerjee

Hannah Elder

Jennie Lin

Kirti Muthaiah

Kshiraj Talati

Lanie Mulkana

Lucas Wilson

Macy Henson

Matthew Tweden

Mridhula Bharathwaj

Nayan Bala

Prasidha Padmanabhan

Rachel Haugen 

Rachel Fanning

Samantha Gaines

Samuel Hendrix

Sarah Maness

Sierra Clark

Simon Kodack

Vaibhav Singhal

Zero seats remain vacant

Undergraduate Senate District 2

Katherine Fiore

Yubin Kim

Zoe WIlcox

Two seats remain vacant

Undergraduate Senate District 3

Avery Barber

3 seats remain vacant

Undergraduate Senate District 4

Callan Baruch

David McCrudden

Kolton Hodges

James Jessup

Joseph Reardon

Katherine Leonard

Paige Crawford

One seat remains vacant

Undergraduate Senate District 5

Andrew Forbes

Damon Grim

Henry Dudeck

Joshua Alexander

Ben Longo

Vinit Satasia

Zero seats remain vacant

Undergraduate Senate Electoral Committee Candidates

Progressive Possibilities – up to 22 seats

Logan Grodsky

Christopher McClanahan

Gabriel Walsh

Maddox Addy

Toluwanimi "Tolu" Osungbesan

Dillon Page

Joseph "Joe" Kledis

Samuel Salam

Samuel “Sam” Kornylak

William “Stormy” Epley

Shubansai "Shuban" Gouru

Matthew Thornton

Maddux Vernon

Dean Pearce

Holt Smith

Garrett Barnes

Six seats remain vacant

CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this article included the names of students as listed by the UNC BOE, which were ordered incorrectly. 

@l_rhodsie 

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Lauren Rhodes

Lauren Rhodes is the 2024 university editor at The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as an assistant editor and senior writer for the university desk. Lauren is a sophomore pursuing a double major in media and journalism and political science with a minor in politics, philosophy and economics. 

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