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Champagne pops off in uncontested BoG Rep race

After one round of voting, Colin Champagne will become the next Board of Governors representative with an overwhelming 82 per cent of the student vote.

Champagne ran uncontested after Umer Farooq dropped out of the race on the first day of the campaign.

“I know this is an uncontested race, but I want to thank all my volunteers and Umer being a presence in this campaign,” Champagne said in his victory speech. “I know even uncontested, I couldn’t have done it without the help of my volunteers.”

Champagne said his immediate plans are to have discussions with outgoing President Navneet Khinda and Undergraduate Board of Governors representative Azhar Khan as part of the transition, as well as working on a way to make Board of Governors reports more accessible to students.

But while Champagne is happy with the campaign he ran, he called the turnout of this election of 21.7 per cent “disappointing.” He’ll be looking to change that in his 2016-17 term.

“I want to see more people participating,” Champagne said. “I want to understand why there’s not as much participation as there could be.”

Nathan Fung

Nathan Fung is a sixth-year political science student and The Gateway's news editor for the 2018-19 year. He can usually be found in the Gateway office, turning coffee into copy.

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