By Ryan Carini
Patrick Henry College
Justin Jenkins and Jacob Holt, 2008-2009 Student Body President and VP
“I am very humbled to be entrusted with this responsibility,” Jenkins said after his victory. “We look forward to working for everyone, accomplishing the best objectives for Patrick Henry College.”
Holt attributes their victory to talking one-on-one with so many people and listening to their thoughts.
Sophomore Levi Swank, who was the incoming Student liaison for the Jenkins and Holt campaign, believes they won because of “the ability that Jenkins and Holt have to unify different groups on campus.”
Junior Rachel Blum, the Campaign Manager for Jenkins and Holt, figures that most of the workers for the campaign spent at least 20 or 30 hours a week on it.
Although disappointed about losing, Anderson is content with the outcome.
“I’m glad Justin is student body president,” he said. “I think Justin has some skills I don’t have that will help him do a very good job in representing the student body and the college.”
Heflin agrees. “Both [Jenkins and Holt] have proven themselves through the campaigns to be dedicated to the future wellbeing of the school, and that is very encouraging.”
Both sides wanted the campaigns to be honoring to God as well as to the other candidates, and everyone generally agrees they were successful in this.
“Justin and Jacob may have been our political opponents in this race, but they conducted themselves above reproach, making it a joy and honor to run against them,” Heflin said.
Holt believes the way the campaigns were run could even positively affect their administration. “I think that if our administration is successful, it will be due in large part to the exemplary way the opposing campaign was run in a spirit of Christian charity,” he said.
Although Anderson also believes the campaigns were successful in honoring one another and God, he believes that future elections could do even better in being unified and not focusing so much on politics. “They can focus more on the unity we have as brothers and sisters in Christ.” Elections at PHC, Anderson added, should not look like elections in the secular world.
Voting was from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. Jenkins and Holt won 58.2 percent of the votes, while Anderson and Heflin carried away 41.8 percent of the votes. Out of 286 possible voters, 268 votes were cast, bringing it to a 94 percent voter turnout.
Holt was happy with the high turnout of voters. The campaigns have helped students get involved with student government, Holt said. and “student government only works when students are involved.”
Now that the campaign is over, Jenkins is looking forward to relaxing and getting back to school. “Running for office is a whole lot more work than I thought it would be,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins and Holt are scheduled to be sworn into office during the last chapel of the semester.