174: a number that will go down in Union folklore as the difference between second place, Jamie Ross, and Students’ Association President-elect, Chloe Hill. Ross’ absence from Venue 1 last night as the results were announced only added to what swiftly became a quasi-Ray Cooney farce.
Despite Ross’ near success, Chloe Hill’s victory was equally miraculous, marking the first female victory in 13 years, the last being Dana Green in 2001-02. A speechless, teary Hill failed to muster a few words but relief and sheer jubilation were etched across her face, as a packed Venue 1 descended into pandemonium.
The race for President was not the only close result. Dan Palmer narrowly saw off Fionnuala Glover to become next year’s Director of Events and Services (DoES) while Teddy Woodhouse claimed victory in the race for Director of Representation (DoRep). Kelsey Gold was unopposed and will join the fellow Sabbs as next year’s Director of Student Development and Activities (DoSDA) and Jess Walker makes it a quintet, narrowly defeating Stuart Owen take on the job as AU President.
However, it was the hotly contested Presidential race that caught the imagination of voters. Jamie Ross, the joke candidate who ran on the slogan: “Vote Jamie Ross: he literally has nothing better to do with his time,” came very close to claiming victory but was narrowly defeated by Chloe Hill: Ross was left with 1330 votes and Hill 1504 votes, in the final and fourth round.
Be sure to check out The Saint’s upcoming interviews with the Sabbatical officers-elect. The full list of elected representatives can be found here.