Riley’s ASB win Nullified

Former ASB Student Senate Director of Finance Jorge Riley speaks in the student center at the candidate forum during last spring's ASB elections

There will be a special election to fill the vacant position of American River College ASB Student Senate president Sept. 9.

Students can vote from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. that day on their eServices accounts.

ASB Student Senate Vice President Leslie Milan Fisher will serve as interim ASB Student Senate president until a new president is elected.

According to unofficial results announced April 10, former ASB Student Senate Director of Finance Jorge Riley won the position in the spring ASB elections.

The results for Student Senate president were invalidated based on a recommendation to the Los Rios Chancellor’s Office by former American River College interim President Pam Walker when the ASB election results were made official in June.

Multiple attempts to reach Pam Walker at her new position at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office have been unsuccessful as of Monday, Aug. 18.

Jeff Gonzales was on the committee that looked into possible campaign violations during the spring ASB elections.

“We asked (Pam Walker) if the task was to make a recommendation,” Gonzales said. “The task was not that. All we did was review the complaints provided to us and determine what was a violation and what was not.”

When asked if the committee members determined if a violation took place, Gonzales said “yes.” When asked if the violation was from the Jorge Riley campaign, Gonzales had no comment.

Daniela Vargas, who was on the committee, did not respond to an email.

LeslieAnn Dameron, who was on the committee, did not respond to an email.

Kenneth Hinton, who was on the committee, did not respond to an email.

Riley says that he had a meeting with Walker about a possible campaign violation regarding his printing campaign flyers in the library. Candidates are not supposed to campaign in the library without permission and Riley says he had permission.

“I asked the front desk if I could print my flyers,” Riley said. “I was getting permission. I was only in the library cutting up my little things.”

“I just got kicked and slapped and was given no real reason except that they didn’t like the outcome of the election,” he added. “I won by a 25 percent margin. The administration wants a vote on the student government and then they wonder why students don’t vote. If it’s not going to count, why should they?”

Riley has been a controversial figure at ARC since his involvement in supporting a 2008 student government resolution endorsing Proposition 8, which ended gay marriages in the state until the state stopped defending it in federal court.

Riley was ASB Student Senate Director of Finance last year, and interim ASB Student Senate president during fall 2013. During that time, he was handcuffed and ticketed for reportedly being intoxicated on campus. He didn’t gather enough signatures to run in an election to fill the position of Student Senate president for the rest of the year.

The special election was won by Kenneth Hinton.

Students interested in running for ASB Student Senate president can pick up packets available in the Center for Leadership and Development beginning Monday, Aug. 25 at 8:00 a.m.

There are workshops in the club meeting room from Tuesday through Thursday at noon and 6:00 p.m., and on Friday at noon and 4:00 p.m. Candidates must attend at least one workshop and turn in their packet by 5:00 p.m. on Friday in the Center for Leadership and Development.

Campaigning will occur from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Tuesday, Sept. 9.

A candidate forum will be held on Monday, Sept. 8 in the Student Center Lobby at noon.

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John Ferrannini
John Ferrannini is a fourth-semester student on the Current, where he serves as Editor-in-chief. He previously served as managing editor and News editor. John is majoring in journalism and plans to transfer to Sacramento State.

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