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Barnhart and Choriki win ASMSUB election by slim margin

March 20, 2014



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MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The debates are over and the ballots are in.


Associated Students of MSU Billings announced Thursday the results from the 2014 spring student body senate election. Students elected Daniel Barnhart and Sonja Choriki to be the 2014-2015 ASMSUB president and vice president executive team by a 31-vote margin.


Daniel Barnhart at the podium

Of 4,595 registered students, 346 students voted in this year’s ASMSUB executive team election. Barnhart and Choriki defeated challengers Alex Furois, of  and Jamie Slaugh by a vote of 179 to 148. The duo will succeed outgoing president Ryan Shore and vice president Mary Owen.


As president and vice president, Barnhart and Choriki will oversee a $300,000 budget and multiple student groups. 


Barnhart, of Harlowton, is a political science major with a criminal justice minor. He serves as an ASMSUB senator in this semester. 


Choriki, a native of Billings, is a criminal justice major with a biology minor. She, too, serves as an ASMSUB senator.


Bridging gaps between various students and administration, as well as between student clubs and organizations, is what the team will focus on during the next academic school year. 


Eleven senators were elected for the student body government at the four-year campus including music major Brock Bender, of Worden; political science major Katelyn Focht, of Billings; psychology major David Fredrickson, of Billings; business finance major Matthew Green, of Malta; biology major Renae Hepfner, of Belt; criminal justice and sociology major Aleighann Iverson, of Las Vegas; biology major Elizabeth Mullins, of Talala, Okla., art education major Marshall Pentecost, of Kalispell; psych rehabilitation major Ashlee Rangitsch, of Roundup; biology major Andi Soennichsen, of Roundup; and accounting major Stephanie Thome, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.


Connor Gregg, of Glasgow, was voted as the next academic year’s City College senator. He is studying power plant technology at City College.


PHOTO ABOVE:Daniel Barnhart participates in the 2014 Spring Senate Election debate on March 12.