VIDEO: Love/Onek win in landslide victory

Garrett Love (left) and Caley Onek (center) celebrated their landslide victory over opponents Will Lawrence and Charity Hockman. The duo garnered 67 percent of the record 1,388 presidential votes.

Garrett Love and Caley Onek were announced as the next president and vice president of the Washburn Student Government Association Friday in a decisive victory over opponents Will Lawrence and Charity Hockman.

Current president Whitney Philippi and vice president Amy Billinger announced the results of the election in the lower level of the Memorial Union to a large gathering of supporters for both presidential teams. Immediately after the results were announced, a crowd of Love-Onek supporters cheered emphatically in support of their new president-elect and vice president-elect. Supporters of Lawrence and Hockman, who ran against Love-Onek in the election, spent some time offering consolation to their candidates.

After all the votes were tallied, the results pointed to a decisive victory for the team of Love and Onek, who garnered 932 of the 1,388 votes cast. Despite their performance, which some students felt was less impressive against Lawrence and Hockman in last Monday’s debate, Love and Onek managed to overcome those obstacles with what mass media major Brian Dulles termed as a “publicity blitz” in the days leading up to the end of the voting period.

Some students said an overwhelming amount of campaign advertising largely contributed to the lopsided win secured by the Love-Onek campaign. In the weeks leading to the election, students and faculty were bombarded with messages strewn about the pavement and surfaces of the university campus, as well as decorative bows around some of the trees.

“We definitely want to get down to business,” said Love. “We will do big things at Washburn University.”

Onek was jubilant about her resulting appointment, and she said she is eager to get started.

“I’m really excited to work with Whitney and Amy and find out what they’re doing right now and what we can do to adjust into it,” said Onek.

Students also finalized votes for the 27 available senator seats. Out of the 27, Angel Romero posted the largest number, garnering 702 total votes. Romero has run for a senate seat the last three years, and each time he has earned the most votes of any senator.

“It’s amazing and humbling to know that many people have come out to show their support for me,” said Romero, current WSGA chief of staff.

Romero credited his success in the last three elections to his persistence. He added that he tries not to take the election for granted. Specifically, he doesn’t think it would be right for him to be given a seat without earning it. Romero said he is excited about what his final year on WSGA holds, and he hopes to help make big things happen.