2018 UAlbany Student Association General Election

Spread over nearly a month of campaigning, the 2018 Student Association general election held a historically high voter turnout: 2,719 votes. This defeated last year’s numbers by roughly 300 votes.

Throughout the month, shots rang out against between all three tickets (Alejandro Gonazalez and Mika Ella Rectin-Hernandez, the fourth ticket, dropped out early).

Afterwards, with neither candidate taking over 51 percent of the vote, the presidential race isn’t over. Here’s what happened:

Presidential Race

  • This was one of the closest elections in recent history with 93-point margin between Mark Anthony Quinn and Langie Cadesca.
  • Jouly Lajara and Alexander O’Leary were eliminated from the presidential ballot.
  •  A runoff between,  which was anticipated by many, is scheduled for  March 28.

Applied and Natural Sciences

  • Nadia Naoum, a member of the Quinn-Carroll ticket had more votes than any other senate candidate in this year’s general election.
  • Based on the data, this was a cozy win for Quinn-Carroll. There was a roughly 400-point margin between Morgan Eldridge and Brian Yu.
  • Both Naoum and Eldridge were re-elected.

Business and Management

  • Winning by one point, this was a close race for Jeffrey Shapiro, a humanities senator, and Eric Silver. It’s also a rare gain for Cadesca-Pepe outside of the senator-at-large race.
  • Jack O’Connell, a Freedom Quad senator of the Carroll-Quinn ticket had a comfortable lead.
  • Like the applied and natural science seat, both senators were re-elected.


  • Both Amber Swinden and Dylan Marshall of the Quinn-Carroll ticket won by quadruple digits. Lajara-O’Leary didn’t have a candidate running in this race.
  • Swinden failed a senate race in the February special election.
  • Jenna Zier, who won the seat last year, failed to recapture it. She fell behind the most above the write ins.

Law & Government

  • Senate vice chair Subha Tasnim and Brandon Holdridge of Quinn-Carroll easily defeated.
  • Alejandro Gonzalez, a former presidential candidate and Lajara-O’Leary supporter failed to pick up votes, falling last at 650 votes.
  • Neither Cadesca-Pepe or Lajara-O’Leary had two candidates for the seat.

Social Sciences

  • Gabrielle Picard and Briana Dominguez, both on the Quinn-Carroll ticket, were neck and neck in votes.
  • Cadesca-Pepe’s  Lisbeth Valdez was defeated both a hefty margin, 179 votes.
  • These senator-elects will replace Nicholas Leonardo and Amanda Demma. Demma is graduating. Leonardo lost in a senator-at-large run.


  • In the most competitive senate race, Quinn-Carroll dominated the field: 10 out of 13 candidates. Three of the other candidates were with Cadesca-Pepe.
  • Nine candidates secured re-election.
  • Logan Losito, much like Mitch Rybak last year, didn’t campaign on campus. He was in Washington D.C.

SUNY Student Assembly Representative

Three delegates represent the University at Albany at SUNYSA’s annual fall conference.

  • The Cadesca-Pepe ticket had one its most victorious campaigns with two out of three seats secured in the general election. Should Pepe win the contest next Wednesday, it will secure the recent trend which top SA administration hold delegation slots.
  • Carroll  also ran for the position, but lost over his fellow ticket member, Tasnim.
  • Neither O’Leary, Lajara, or Cadesca sought SUNYSA seats.