Associated Students Elections are held each year during the Spring Semester. During this time, officers are elected to serve as the student government. These positions include the AS President, Vice President and Senators representing each of the 8 colleges and Senators representing upper division, lower division and graduates . The elections takes place online, making it easy for students to vote from any computer location.
Why YOU Should Rise, Run, and Represent
The preamble of the AS Constitution says it all: “The Associated Students is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning-focused campus environment.” Being part of student leadership is a rewarding experience, full of possibilities and opportunities. When you’re a member of the AS family, it means:
- Working with a dynamic and innovative team of involved and passionate student leaders.
- Representing the CSUN student body on a local, state, and federal level.
- Working with an almost 9-million-dollar budget each year.
- Creating programs and services for CSUN students that enhance the quality of the campus, university, and student life. Programs/initiatives started by AS Student leadership include smoke free campus, the mobile bike shop, and the subsidized Metro U-Pass.
- Fulfilling your goals and visions for CSUN and its student body.
The great thing about Associated Students is that it isn’t only for people interested in politics or government. Associated Students, while being home to Student Leadership (student government), is also a non-profit organization. The bottom line is anyone and everyone who has had a meaningful CSUN experience and is passionate about creating more meaningful CSUN experiences for themselves and others is the perfect candidate for Associated Students.
Student Leadership Officer Positions
As well as running for AS President or Vice President, there are a variety of different senate positions in the Student Leadership department that one can run for during the elections process. These senators act as student representatives for the student body in their respective academic colleges. To this end, the senate is the voting body of student government that proposes measures and programs that directly benefit CSUN and its student body. These officer positions are:
- AS President – As well as serving as president of Associated Students and heading the senate, the AS President also acts as the CEO of Associated Students. As president, one is given the opportunity to lead the senate and manage meaningful projects that directly contribute to the welfare and quality of student life on the CSUN campus.
- Vice President – AS President and AS Vice President work hand-in-hand to make sure their vision and goals for CSUN become a reality.
- Lower Division Senator, Upper Division Senator, and Academic College Senator – represent your respective academic college/class standing in the AS Senate. Create and vote on legislation and initiatives that matter to you and your fellow students. This is the ultimate student government team.
How to Run for AS Office
Running for office is an exciting process that gives you real world experience. Simply submit the necessary forms in the Elections Packet once the filing window opens on February 6, 2017. In this packet you will find important information about the rules and regulations regarding running for office. You may begin campaigning once your paperwork is submitted, however all candidates will be subject to an eligibility check from Admissions and Records. It is the candidates’ responsibility to make sure they are eligible to run! Refer to the AS Elections Code and AS Constitution for what constitutes an eligible student. After filing, you can run as:
- A President/Vice President ticket: tickets MUST have a President and Vice President. No candidate will be allowed to run as only on or the other.
- Part of a Slate: A slate are candidates who all run together for their respective positions as part of the same campaign. Each individual in the slate must still be voted into office.
- An individual candidate: any candidate for a senator position may enter the elections by themselves.
How to Run for A.S. Office
Candidate info sessions including info on slates, running independent, duties of a Senator, time commitments, benefits, etc.
Location: A.S. Student Leadership Office
- January 31, 2017 at 2pm – 3pm
- March 8, 2017 at Noon – 1pm
Elections Filing Opens Online
Monday, February 6, 2017
All candidates must file online; candidates may begin to campaign as soon as they have electronically filed.
Street Team Applications Online
All street team applicants must file online.
- Applications Opens: Monday, February 27, 2017
- Applications Due: March 28
- Street Team Training: TBD
Elections Filing Closes
Monday, March 20, 2017 3:00pm
Mandatory Candidate Orientation Meeting and Workshops
Candidate or Campaign Manager must attend orientation. All candidates MUST attend TWO additional workshops, listed below.
- Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4pm to 5pm
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4pm to 5pm
- Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:30am to 12:30pm
- Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:00pm to 2:00pm
AS Finance 101
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:30am to 12:30pm
- Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:00pm to 2:00pm
- Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:00pm to 2:00pm
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:30am to 12:30pm
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:00pm
Last day to edit Candidate Bios/Pictures
Any candidate who has not submitted their picture by April 6, 12:00pm, must take one at the photo session or not have one placed in the ballot.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:30pm
The debate will take place at the Grand Salon. The presidential candidate and the vice presidential candidate must attend. All other candidatse are recommended to attend.
Friday, April 8, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Candidate Photo Session
An AS photographer will be available to take all candidate photos for ballot. These are the only pictures that may go on the ballet unless you have already submitted the photo you are going to use by April 6, 12:00pm.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:00am
Filing for competition opens
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:00pm
Filing for competition closes
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:00am - Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:00pm
Students can vote through their CSUN Gmail account.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
On Campus Voting
Candidates may vote on campus.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
On Campus Voting
Candidates may vote on campus.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Election Results Reveal Event
All candidates must attend this event in the Lake Balboa Room
Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:30pm
Voting Results Posted
Friday, April 14, 2017 4:00pm
Candidate Formal Complaints Due
Complaints are due to the AS Student Leadership Office by 4:00pm.
Friday, April 14, 2017 4:00pm
Candidate Financial Statements Due
Financial Statements are due to the AS Student Leadership Office by 4:00pm.
Monday, May 1, 2017 9:00am
Senate accepts Election Results
Meet & Greet with the newly elected senators at the Grand Salon. Newly elected senators are invited to view a senate meeting and sit alongside a senator.
AS Leadership Retreat
Mandatory retreat for all 2017-2018 AS Board of Directors
Monday, June, 5, 2017
First Day in Office
First Senate Meeting
- March 16 - Last day for Senate to approve referenda for the Spring 2017 ballot (28 days prior to election)
March 16- USU must give AS list of their candidates (28 days prior to election)
- March 29 - Last day for AS to place survey questions on ballot (14 days prior)
- March 27 - Elections Advisor determines eligibility for candidates (1 week after filing closes)
- Locations - All locations may be subject to change based on availability of facilities or other unforeseen circumstances. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.
- Monday, March 20 - Sunday, March 26, 2017: Spring Break (No classes)
- Friday, March 31, 2017: Cesar Chavez Day (Campus closed; no classes)
Last Year's Presidential Debate
Check out last year's presidential debate.
Meet the Elections Committee
The Elections Committee is directly responsible for ensuring the integrity of as well as making readily available access to running and voting in the Associated Students elections. The committee is comprised of a variety of CSUN students, each who bring a unique perspective and fresh set of ideas to the committee. This team of dedicated and passionate CSUN students works throughout the year to make sure that the CSUN AS elections is the best experience possible for candidates and voters alike.
Nicholas Coleman — Chair of Elections
My name is Nicholas Coleman and I am a senior here at CSUN majoring in Sociology and minoring in Spanish. I have been a University Ambassador since I was a freshman and am now serving as the organization’s president. As an intern for Student Outreach and Recruitment Services, I work with students in local high schools and community colleges and help make their dreams of higher education at CSUN a reality. After CSUN, I’d like to attend a graduate program for school counseling and continue to work with youth and help them achieve their educational aspirations. On my free time, I love to run and train for the Los Angeles marathon through the program Students Run Los Angeles, a program that trains and pays for students to run in the Los Angeles marathon. My favorite thing about CSUN is the diversity of this campus - people from all around the world and a variety of different cultures are present and all contribute to a larger CSUN community.
Melanie Mikhaeilyan — Assistant Chair of Elections
I am a senior undergraduate student, majoring in Biology. As a transfer student, I am the Secretary of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students. This year, I am a participant of the CASE program, where I take part in clinic services at the Klotz Student Health Center and work with health care providers. Currently, I am a member of a research program on campus that is aimed to identify anti-clumping reagents that may be clinically useful in anti-thrombocytic, anti-cancer and anti-infection venues. As a Pre-Pharmacy student, my goal after graduation is to enroll in a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Throughout the past year of being a CSUN student, I have learned that my favorite aspect of the University is the small class sizes because students have the opportunity to receive individualized attention from a professor. As much as I enjoy learning, I enjoy traveling. Having studied abroad in Ireland and at Oxford University in England, I plan to continue to study in numerous other countries throughout my educational journey.
Jenny Ibanez Manzano
My name is Jenny Ibanez, I am a junior here at CSUN majoring in Sociology (with a focus in Criminology) and minoring in English. After graduation, I aspire to attend Law school to become a Criminal Defense Attorney. Aside from being part of the Elections Committee, I am the Membership Director for the Pre-Law Association, an active member of the Latino Business Association, University Ambassador, and lastly, I work for the Math Department as a tutor for Statistics. What I love about CSUN, is being able to take advantage of all the resources that the University provides to help me develop professionally.
My name is Matt Katz, and I am a freshman majoring in CTVA- Film Production. Aside from being a member of the Elections Committee in Associated Students, I am a part of the Arts Advisory Council Committee for CSSA, as well as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After CSUN, I plan on entering the entertainment industry on the business side, strategizing management and marketing ideas in collaboration with the major studios. One of my favorite things about CSUN are the sheer numbers of passionate students who are driven to make a positive impact on the campus and surrounding Northridge community.
Hello fellow CSUN students!
My name is Jaelin Palmer and I'm a Political Science major finishing up my Junior year. Aside from the Elections Committee, I'm also the Assistant New Member Educator for Tri Delta and I work on campus as a Portfolium Ambassador. I love to be involved, and although I have many big dreams and aspirations, my ultimate goal is to work in The White House someday. Since transferring to CSUN, I've been so impressed with the crossover of people. I love that Greek members are part of student government, work in the Pride Center, and are involved in clubs. The inclusion here is a great feeling. I just spent the last 8 months in DC learning that if you work hard enough, anything is possible. So dream big Matadors!
Hi my name is GiNiele and I am a senior studying Multimedia production. I have been a part of the Delta Zeta sorority for 4 years and have held many leadership positions within it. Something that I love about CSUN is our Farmers Market! I think it's the coolest thing that we have one because it's so unique. My goal after I graduate is to go to graduate school in either Oregon or Washington. Something interesting about myself is that I was a gymnast for 8 years and coached it for 1 year.
I am currently a Student of Business law minoring in Entrepreneurship in my junior year. I serve as the Vice President of Technology for the Business Honors Association where I design and monitor the website and began the Fitness Friday movement, partnering with the Kinesiology Majors Association and Friday Morning Matadors to promote a healthy lifestyle for our members. Also, I am a member of the Pre-Law Association where I am currently training with KAASS Law Firm to become the plaintiff's attorney for the Mock Trial. Lastly, I am a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success to enhance my leadership skills. I strive to further my education at law school and become a corporate or entertainment lawyer. My favorite part about CSUN is that it provides so many opportunities to grow as an individual and work with a diverse community that challenges and supports my journey. Although acrophobia is a struggle for me, I am actually planning to go skydiving!
My name is Andrew Vacaflor and it is a pleasure to be a part of your Elections Committee for the 2016-2017 academic year! I am in my fourth year and I am studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. As of right now I am Vice President of CSUN's Grace on Campus club, and am a regular contributor and volunteer to the Kinesiology Majors Association. When I graduate I will apply to Physical Therapy school, but am also interested in the personal training and strength and conditioning field as well. Something that I enjoy doing in my off time is coming up with freestyle rap, and talking about basketball.
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