Who will be K-State’s next student body president? Four students enter the race


Next month’s primary election will again feature a four-way face-off between candidates for Kansas State’s next student body president.

As of Friday’s noon deadline, Mohammed Al Abdullah, Ryan Kelly, Devisha Pandey and Jansen Penny had registered for the primary, said Kristen Schau, elections commissioner and sophomore in political science.

Kelly, junior in communications studies, currently serves as the Student Governing Association’s speaker of the student senate. He was also previously a senator for the College of Engineering and an SGA intern.

Penny, junior in industrial engineering, is a current senator for the College of Engineering, as well as chair of the Privilege Fee Committee. This is his second year as a senator after serving as an SGA intern his freshman year.

Al Abdullah and Pandey did not immediately respond to requests for comment over the weekend. According to K-State’s online directory, Al Abdullah is a senior in industrial engineering and Pandey is a sophomore in open option.

The primary elections kick off Tuesday, Feb. 12 at noon and run through Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. The top two primary candidates advance to the general election, which will take place from Feb. 26 – 27.

Although primary candidates are not yet required to officially register their vice presidential running mates, Kelly is currently campaigning with Anna Spencer, senator from the College of Human Ecology and junior in nutritional sciences. Penny is campaigning with Ali Karamali, senator from the College of Engineering and sophomore in chemical engineering.

As part of SGA Week, SGA, KSDB FM and the Collegian will sponsor a debate between the primary candidates at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the K-State Student Union Courtyard. Kelly and Penny have confirmed they will be at the debate. As of Sunday evening, Al Abdullah and Pandey had not yet indicated whether they would attend Thursday’s debate.

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