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Freeman, Sims take run-off vote

April 23, 1997



By Ricky George

Lariat editor

Gannon Sims and Mark Freeman won their run-off races Tuesday for student body president and internal vice president, respectively.

More than 1500 students voted in the run-off elections, more than the general election last year, Student Body President Collin Cox, a Waco senior, said.

Sims, a Conroe sophomore, won the presidential race with 826 votes, 53.71 percent, over opponent Robert Bobo. Bobo, a Fort Worth junior, gathered 712 votes. Sims was not present when the results were announced. Bobo and Sims were the top vote-getters in the field of five running in the general election on Diadeloso.

Mark Freeman, a Sherman sophomore, won the internal student body vice president race with 695 votes, 54.42 percent over opponent Justin Clarke. Clarke, a Fairbury, Neb., garnered 582 votes, 45.58 percent. A total of 1277 votes were cast for internal vice president, 261 less than in the presidential race. Clarke and Freeman had the most votes of three candidates at the Diadeloso elections.

Freeman said this was a dream for him and promised to continue the excellence Student Congress showed this year.

'I'm glad this is all over,' Freeman said. 'I had no idea what this was going to be, running for student body office.'

With Sims, Freeman and external vice president Paige Manley, a Baytown sophomore, in office, all student body officer positions will be filled by juniors next year. Manley ran unopposed for office.

The officers will be sworn in at a banquet tonight, but will not begin serving until June 1, Cox said.

Also on Tuesday's ballot, Ty Atteberry, a Kingwood senior and kicker for the football team, won the Mike Singletary award for showing leadership qualities on and off the field.

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