USG candidates disproved in complaint against fellow contender

Caitlin Restelli

Editor’s note: For full disclosure, Bryan Staul is a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater and He had no input into the reporting or editing process of this article.

The USG election commission met Wednesday to discuss a complaint filed by three USG candidates on the grounds that one candidate had broken the election rules and regulations.

Bryan Staul, Amish Patel and Brittinie Jermon filed a formal complaint to the commission Tuesday during the USG voting hours. The complaint said D’Angelo McCornell, who was elected as Director of Community Affairs, did not properly follow the election rules and regulations for candidates and campaigning.

In the hearing, the commission found that McCornell, senior business management major, did not break the election rules and regulations.

Donna Carlton, USG faculty adviser, said the complaint stated that McCornell campaigned in residence halls, which is illegal according to election rules and regulations, placed flyers in university plastic table settings in the Hub and included names of other candidates on his flyers without their consent.

McCornell’s campaigning within the residence halls was found to be within the rules because it was in the lobby of Tri-Towers, which is open to the public.

Troy Gunnoe, USG election commissioner, said McCornell corrected his mistake after being informed of his flyer placement error.

“Once we had notified him of his infractions during his campaign, he took the proper actions of removing the flyers that were in the student center,” said Gunnoe, junior pre-business management major.

The commission found nothing in the rules and regulations that would prevent a candidate from using other candidates’ names on his or her flyers without their consent.

Gunnoe said the commission will recommend an amendment to the election rules and regulations to avoid this situation next year.

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