Maria Epishkina elected Union President for Easter

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Maria Epishkina has been elected as president of The Cambridge Union for Easter term 2018.

This presidential election saw two candidates running for election: Andrea Borbely, a third-year English student at Murray Edwards College and current Executive Officer of The Cambridge Union, and Maria Epishkina, a second-year student of Human, Social and Political Sciences at St Catharine’s College, and current Women’s Officer of the society.

Epishkina won with 279 votes, compared to Borbely who garnered 153 votes, a third of the overall votes cast for the presidential election. 5 votes went to the option to Re-open for Nomination (RON).

Epishkina launched the Union+ scheme this term, which aims to improve the inclusivity of the Union by organising events open to everyone, regardless of whether they are members of the society. Her campaign focused on improving on this inclusivity.

She wrote, on her Facebook voting event page, that, “My vision is create a Union that cares more about all its members and has a long-term future.” The tagline of her campaign was, ’A Union for you’. Voting was open from 8am to 6pm today, November 24th.

Epishkina will serve as an officer-elect throughout Lent term, alongside the elected speakers’ officer, executive officer and treasurer, as they work to plan for the term after, and familiarise themselves with their role before their own time in office.

Other elected positions include Jali Packer, a PBS student at King's and current Social Events Officer, who was elected as Speakers' Officer. Will Smart, who studies Natural Sciences and is presently Head of Events Management, was elected as the Executive Officer, who serves to facilitate other members of the committee and implement the decisions of the Standing Committee, alongside specific responsibilities which are assigned according to the needs of each term. Jade Charles, current Head of Press, was elected as the Treasurer. 

The Cambridge Student has contacted Epishkina for comment.

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