Brandon Smith Announced New SBP After Runoff Election Against Elle Rogers

 Photo courtesy of Ryan Turner 

Photo courtesy of Ryan Turner 

Months of preparation and hard work have paid off for Brandon Smith, who won student body president after a runoff against Ellen Rogers. Smith won 218, 57.8%, votes to Rogers 159, 42.2%. Out of the entire student body, 77.7% of students, 485, voted.

Smith plans to keep his tenure as SBP uncomplicated and straightforward.

“Everyone knows this is how I conduct myself,” Smith said on Thursday. “I believe what I say and love what I do.”

“I’m thrilled, I’m excited, I think he’s going to do a great job,” Martinez said. “There’s a lot of work to do. He knows that and I know that. It’ll be good. I’m excited to see him lead.”

Cabinet applications will be sent out on Monday, and Smith plans to take steps based on those.

“It’s been a short ride that felt long,” said Smith, after the results were announced.

Michael Martinez, The King’s College’s former SBP, weighed in.

“I’m thrilled, I’m excited, I think he’s going to do a great job,” Martinez said. “There’s a lot of work to do. He knows that and I know that. It’ll be good. I’m excited to see him lead.”

Smith’s opponent agreed.

“Brandon’s going to do a great job,” Rogers said. “I’m so greatful to have the chance to think about where the school should be in five years. For all the people who feel like you don’t have a voice, you do. If that’s the only thing you take away from me, then I feel good. ”

After the whirlwind election season, Smith says he needs some rest.

“I’m going to go get food, call my mom, and then take a long nap,” Smith said.