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Elected Office

The Elections Commission is excited that you are interested in running for an office.  If you are interested in running for an office, please read this candidate information guide. The following list briefly details the roles and responsibilities of the different elected officers within the ASSU. By clicking on the titles, you will be able to download short information guides (pdfs) that tell you everything you need to know about running for elected position:

  • Executive (President & Vice President) — Set high-level direction for the ASSU and represent student interests to University administrators and the community.
  • Undergraduate Class Presidents — Run social events for your class and for the whole school, such as FMOTQ, Mausoleum, and class formals. (~4 per class year, ~5 for the Junior slate) 
  • Undergraduate Senate (Senators) — Fund and oversee student groups and events, address undergraduate concerns, and work to improve student life. Meets most Tuesdays at 7pm in Nitery 209 . (15 undergraduate students)
  • Graduate Student Council (Councillors) — Fund and oversee graduate student groups and events, address graduate student concerns, and work to improve graduate student life. Meets most Wednesdays at 6pm in the Nairobi Room on the second floor of the Graduate Community Center. (15 graduate students/coterms)

Step 1: Understand Campaign Finance

There are funding and financial regulations on how much can be spent during elections season. The following links and information provide more detail on this.

  • Executive Campaign Finance: No slate may spend more that $500 on their campaign, as per the Joint Bylaws.
  • Undergraduate Senate Campaign Finance: No candidate may spend more than $100 on their campaign, as per the Joint Bylaws.
  • Graduate Student Council Campaing Finance: No candidate may spend more than $100 on their campaign, as per the Joint Bylaws.

Executive Slates receiving public financing are required to make their budget public for inspection.  Unofficial budgets, updated live from the candidates, are available at the links below.  The Elections Commission will post verified budgets when receipts are collected at the opening of polls. 

Step 2: Declare Your Candidacy & Start Petitioning

Online declarations of intent and petitions will be live in late February. Once you have submitted a Declaration of Intent through the online filing site at petitioning.stanford.edu, you may create a candidate profile on the same site. The petitioning period will take place during the week following the filing period, with all eligible voters receiving an individualized petitioning form through email via Qualtrics. 

Step 3: Campaign!

Campaign Week will be in early April.  The Elections Commission will inform you of all the events going on during that time to help you reach out to students.

Step 4: Await the Elections Results

The result will be announced shortly after Election Day.