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Students choose Rogers and Parchem

Rogers, ninth female president in 114 years, promised to follow through on ‘working for change’

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Savannah Rogers, right, and Tyler Parchem celebrate moments after receiving their winning results. Rogers said she never wanted anything more in her life.

Savannah Rogers, right, and Tyler Parchem celebrate moments after receiving their winning results. Rogers said she never wanted anything more in her life.

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Savannah Rogers, right, and Tyler Parchem celebrate moments after receiving their winning results. Rogers said she never wanted anything more in her life.

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Candidates Savannah Rogers and Tyler Parchem won the ASWSU presidential election Wednesday night by about 300 votes.

About 2,300 votes went to Rogers and Parchem and about 2,000 to candidates Harald Hyllseth and Devon Holze, with just under 4,300 votes in total.

Rogers and Parchem’s campaign focused on five pillars: empowerment, accountability, engagement, safety and education.

They have specifically pointed to Green Dot violence prevention programs as an area for improvement. Parchem has said he wants the program to expand beyond a one-time course at the beginning of a student’s college career.

Rogers is ASWSU’s ninth female president in 114 years.

She has said one of her biggest goals will be improving ASWSU’s relationship with students by expanding its communication branch.

Rogers and Parchem will now focus on establishing their executive board and fortifying their 100-day plan by going back to student groups, this time without the nerves, to see what they will work on for the year, they said.

“I’m just excited to get to work,” Rogers said.

Before the results were announced, Rogers said she was anxious, terrified and excited.

“I think regardless of what happens,” she said, “we’re so proud of what we’ve run.”

Parchem said they plan to get right to work if they win.

“If we are fortunate enough to win, it starts tomorrow,” he said.

Rogers-Parchem campaign manager Parker Blekkenk said it’s crazy how fast the campaign has gone by, but it’s been great to see how the two candidates have grown.

“It’s honestly been a whirlwind,” he said.

The two candidates did great things in Senate even before the campaign, Blekkenk said, and seeing them visit students groups and listen to what students want has not only strengthened Rogers and Parchem, but has also been one of his favorite parts of the campaign experience.

Current ASWSU President Jordan Frost and Vice President Garrett Kalt arrived at the winners’ party to congratulate them, and were welcomed by cheers and excited faces from Rogers, Parchem, their friends and members of Alpha Omicron Pi, where the election party was held.

Frost and Kalt handed the candidates the letters confirming their win and hugged them as “We Are the Champions” played.

Everyone around the candidates congratulated them, and they called family members to tell them the news.

Rogers and Parchem said they were both speechless and grateful.

“This is the biggest honor I’ve ever had in my life,” Rogers said.

Both candidates also expressed their gratitude toward voters.

“The only way that we can ever thank you enough is by working for change,” Parchem said, to their campaign slogan.

Rogers directly thanked the people at the election party for their support throughout the campaign.

“We couldn’t have done this without any of you all,” she said. “Really and truly.”

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