It is official. Carlo Fassi is running unopposed for Student Body President in the Spring 2013 election. Fassi will win by default.
Friday’s Elections Supreme Court hearing began in a similar manner to the Elections Primary Court hearing on Wednesday. The defense, Eric Armetta and Jeff Young, and the prosecution, Joseph Turner, provided opening statements similar to those given at the previous appeal hearing.
Turner’s argument remained the same. The two candidates were disqualified because they did not meet the requirements to run and their “extenuating circumstances” were not extenuating under Black’s Law, which defines extenuating circumstances as “unusual or unpredictable.”
Unlike the Wednesday hearing, Armetta called witnesses. Armetta argued that his disqualification was discriminatory. He called current senatorial candidate Gabriel Quintas to the witness stand.
Quintas said in his campaign he failed to meet similar requirements. Quintas successfully appealed. His extenuating circumstances were that he was being sworn in to the Republican Executive Committee of Duval County.
Amira testified that he found Quintas’ appeal justified. While the Republican Executive Committee has set meetings every month, the swearing in was deemed unusual and unpredictable on Quintas’ part.
Turner closed by reminding the court of the definition of Black’s Law and offered a brief explanation on how Armetta and Young’s work obligations were not extenuating circumstances.
Armetta closed by saying the students deserved an election. He said the Election Chair had double standards when he accepted Quintas’ appeal but denied his own.
Armetta said, “No matter where this ruling does, our voices will be heard.”
He ended by saying to the court, “This is probably the beginning of the end of the Red Party.”
The associate justices declared to uphold the rulings of the Elections Primary Court and the appeal was denied 5-0.
Fassi is the first president to win a second term since John Barnes, who ran unopposed in March of 2009.