Clarity Party drops out of SA elections

The Spectrum

The Clarity Party has officially dropped out of the Student Association election. The Unity Party will run unopposed during the elections, which will still be held from April 14-16.

Thomas Van Doran, Clarity Party presidential candidate, officially notified Elections and Credentials Chair Matthew Siwiec of the party’s decision via email Monday night around 11 p.m. Tim Martin, the party’s vice president candidate, and David Perl, the party’s treasurer candidate, did the same shortly after.

Perl could have chosen to run independently as a treasurer candidate.

The party’s withdrawal came after it did not receive an endorsement from the Academic, Engineering and Sports councils on Monday night. Siwiec said club endorsements for the International, People of Color, Special Interest-Service-Hobby (SISH) councils scheduled for tonight in NSC 220 at 7 p.m. may still happen if the clubs want to do them.

Unity Party treasurer candidate Joe Pace is the Engineering Council coordinator, while Unity Party vice presidential candidate Sean Kaczmarek is the Special Interests Services and Hobbies (SISH) Council coordinator. Minahil Khan, UB Council student representative, is the Unity Party presidential candidate.

SA President James Ingram said he is considering reducing the number of hours the polls will be open next week. The polls are currently scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the three days. New York State election laws mandate that SA still run the elections from April 14-16 because it advertised it would have the elections from those days.

The candidate debate scheduled for Wednesday night in the Student Union Theater will now be an open forum for students to ask Khan, Kaczmarek and Pace questions.

Tom Dinki is the senior news editor and can be reached at