Referendum rejected, Roos for Reform sweeps SGA Election

Sam Bellefy

Featured image: The Roos for Reform Party swept the SGA election, and will come into office May 1. From left to right: Kole Kenney (comptroller), Brandon Henderson (president), Mahreen Ansari (vice president), Victor Michimani (internal affairs director). (From Roos for Reform Instagram)

The Roos for Reform Party (RFRP) has pulled a close victory out of the heavily contested SGA Election. Winning by only one vote, Brandon Henderson has become the president-elect for the SGA, with his running mate Mahreen Ansari winning the VP spot. Henderson won 401 (41%) votes compared to the runner up, incumbent Justice Horn, who had 400 (40%).

Kole Keeney, the RFRP member running for the comptroller position pulled ahead with 37% of the vote. Victor Michimani, also from the RFRP, secured a win with 39% of the vote. 

All elected candidates will come into office on May 1.

The Ables-Austin Health and Wellness Referendum, which would have increased UMKC’s Counseling and Student Health Services Fee incrementally to $95, was shot down, with over 55% of students voting no. The referendum had been the primary objective of the SGA so far this year.

In total, 977 students voted on RooGroups for this year’s election, compared to 1415 last year. Voting took place during the current campus closure, which may have had an effect on turnout.

Despite the closures around UMKC and Kansas City due to the coronavirus pandemic, UNews will continue to cover developments in the SGA.