Madelyn Jett and Aidan McKeon won this year’s Student Body President (SBP) election and will serve as president and vice president, respectively, during the 2021-2022 school year. A total of 2,133 students voted in the election.
Jett and McKeon ran against junior Vada Stephens and his running mate Lena Giang, and Trey Petrella and his running mate Ruku Pal.
Associated Student Government (ASG) used a ranked choice voting system both this year and last year, which requires voters to rank all three candidates from their first to last choice.
Jett and McKeon narrowly won the first round of the election with 35.96% of voters ranking them as their first choice. Stephens and Giang received 35.26% of first-choice votes, while Petrella and Pal received 28.79%.
Since no candidates received a majority of the votes, the last place slate – Petrella and Pal – were eliminated. Ballots who ranked them first were then distributed between their second choice.
After Petrella and Pal were eliminated, Jett and McKeon had 52.37% of votes while Stephens and Giang had 47.63%.
Jett and McKeon ran on a platform of administrative accountability, diversity, equity and inclusion, and student wellness. During the SBP debate, Jett said her first priority if elected would be to appoint a director of Director of Transgender Equity and Inclusion.
“We are so honored and excited to win the confidence of the student body,” Jett wrote in an email to The Miami Student. “We are well aware of the seriousness of these positions, and we are ready to get to work.”