Cilento, Vinson publicly apologize for election violations


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Associated Student Government president Christina Cilento (left) and executive vice president Macs Vinson publicly apologized for violating election commission guidelines. The apologies were part of a punishment approved by Senate last week.

Erica Snow, Assistant Campus Editor

Associated Student Government president Christina Cilento and executive vice president Macs Vinson gave public apologies to Senate on Wednesday following an impeachment trial last week.

Cilento and Vinson apologized on behalf of their campaign, while Cilento also apologized on behalf of her personal involvement. The apologies stemmed from receiving leaked voting margin information while polls were still open during the ASG elections, and specifically for failing to tell the election commission about the two leaks.

SESP sophomore Kevin Corkran, a member of the election commission, told Cilento on the second day of voting that the election was “extremely close” at about noon and within five to 10 votes at about 4 p.m. Cilento initially omitted information about the second leak to the election commission and to The Daily.

Cilento, a SESP junior, and Vinson, a McCormick junior, beat Weinberg junior Joji Syed and Weinberg sophomore Archit Baskaran by 81 votes out of the 4,060 votes cast.

Cilento said harboring grudges and ill will were inefficient in moving forward with her term, and the most productive action is to discuss what happened openly.

“I believe we ran this race with an incredible amount of integrity, and I deeply regret that that integrity did not follow through with the last half hour of the campaign and the ensuing election violation investigation,” Cilento said. “For this, I apologize. I made a snap-second decision, and I did not intend to make that one with malice.”

Senate approved the public apology punishment last week after it was recommended by the Rules Committee, which they decided after a closed hearing with the two executives and the election commission. Weinberg junior Lauren Thomas, the election commissioner, told The Daily last week that the public apology was well-suited to the violation, which she thought did not warrant removal.

Vinson said he hoped to work past the contention following the election and to create a “paradigm of transparency” to regain trust.

“Over the past few weeks, ASG has been in the spotlight, and not for the reasons we hope,” Vinson said. “Transgressions during the campaign led to outright anger and distrust — not only in Christina and myself but also ASG. I want to express my sincere apology for our role in calling into question this election and this organization as a whole.”

After the public apologies, Senate confirmed six executive board positions.

Senate confirmed Weinberg junior Jourdan Dorrell for a second term as vice president for accessibility and inclusion after being sworn in for a first term in January.

“Being able to have that first quarter to transition and to be able to jump straight into this next quarter will allow me to get some exciting things done,” Dorrell said while addressing Senate before the vote.

In addition, McCormick junior Philip Lan was sworn in as vice president for services and Medill sophomore Ross Krasner as vice president for community relations. Weinberg juniors Isaac Rappoport, Ajay Nadig and Edward Huddart were sworn in as chief of staff, vice president for public relations and vice president for analytics, respectively.

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