Faith Merriweather has been a member of SGA since 2014 when she was elected Sophomore Senator for the 2014-15 year.
Merriweather is a political science major, which may appeal to students looking for a candidate who wishes to continue working as a public servant in some capacity upon graduation.
Merriweather is also a non-Greek candidate. This could work to her disadvantage seeing as our last two presidents have been members of a fraternity. However, it also makes her an underdog, which for people who love the underdog, is definitely a positive.
Merriweather appeared calm, if not somewhat informal during the 16 minute debate. It would have been nice to get to know who she is a little better, but there simply wasn’t enough time.
Ryan Honea is currently serving on SGA as an associate chief justice of the Tribunal Justices, and has a hand in many pieces of legislation this past year.
Honea is a junior mathmatics major and has the clear advantage if trend is any indication of where this election is headed. Honea is a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, although he views these entities as completely separate.
Let’s be clear: no one is saying he’ll be elected solely based on his Greek status. Honea is also clearly dedicated to holding SGA members accountable to students, as per his hand in Act No. 2, which mandates that SGA Senators must pass at least one piece of “meaningful legislation” during their elected year.
Honea also presented well during the debate, but again, seeing him be able to warm up more before time was cut short would have been beneficial and informative.