Associated Student Organization (ASO): Elections



   Election Code

Associated Student Organization

Antelope Valley College

Spring 2020


The following procedures were prepared by the Associated Student Executive Council for the ASO Spring election.


     I.     Authority


The ASO Executive Council and Dean of Student Life and Services and/or designee will have full authority to enforce the Election Code for the Spring 2020 election.


The Executive Council and Dean of Student Life and Services and/or designee shall recommend and enforce sanctions against candidates who violate the Election Code during the Spring election.  Their decision is final.


  1. Positions available:

            The Executive Board, in order of succession, consists of the:

  • President
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Vice President of Student Services
  • Vice President of Club Affairs
  • Executive Director of Public Relations
  • Executive Director of Special Programs
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Senator positions  (10)


The House of Senators consists of 10 Senators that will be appointed to a Dean for representation in each division/area on campus after the election by the ASO President with approval of the ASO Executive Council. Senator position titles are reflective of the college dean structure and ASO will have one Senator for each division/area.  If the college changes division/area names the ASO positions will be modify to reflect this.


III.       Qualifications for obtaining office:


            A.  Be an active member of the ASO while holding office.


            B.  Maintain and complete five (5) units of course work at AVC per semester.  To be seated, your Spring 2020 grades and units must be posted to your transcript.  You are required to have completed a minimum of five (5) units the spring elected with at least a 2.00 GPA for the semester and a cumulative GPA of a 2.00 or higher.


    C.  Must have and maintain at least a 2.00 GPA at AVC.

  1. If running for the Executive Board of ASO (president, vice president of academic affairs, vice president of student services, vice president of club affairs, executive director of public relations, executive director of special programs, treasurer or secretary), you must have completed a minimum of twelve (12) units of college level course work at AVC during the time you take office.
  1. No member of the ASO can hold an office for more than three (3) years collectively.


            F.   Students on disciplinary and/or academic probation are ineligible to run for or hold any office provided for in the Constitution and By-Laws of the Antelope Valley College Associated Student Organization.


            G.  Student must discuss with the Dean of Student Life and Services and/or designee the duties of the office for which one is filing a Declaration Letter of Intent. A candidate can declare and run for only one position.


            H.  If the candidate does not meet the requirements prior to the election or maintain them during the term of office, he/she must forfeit the office.  If ineligibility occurs, the next runner up will be sworn into office.


IV.       All elected and appointed officers are subject to the ASO Constitution and By-Laws. Please read it carefully.


   V.     Campaigning and qualifications to run for office


            A.  Students who meet the qualifications to run for office can begin to campaign once their candidacy is verified and all paperwork is submitted by date TBA by 4:00 p.m., to the Student Life and Services Office, T700 E1. The student meets with the Dean of Student Life and Services or designee prior to that time.  The qualifications to run for office include a letter of intent, ten (10) current AVC student signatures, Student ID number on the candidacy form, and verification of the candidate’s enrollment. Only after these steps have been cleared can the candidate begin to campaign.


            B.  All campaign material must be removed by 4:30 p.m. on date TBA. No campaigning is allowed within 25 feet of an open computer lab or an official voting location.


            C.  The Student Life and Services will run 100 black and white copies of a candidate's campaign flyer at no cost to the candidate only after stamped approval by the Dean of Student Life and Services and/or designee.  There will be no color copies made. The Student Life and Services will also run off 100 additional black and white copies of the candidate's flyer if he/she furnishes the paper.  No flyers will be reviewed for duplication after 4:00 p.m. on date TBA.          


            D.  The following procedures have been established for campaign material.


                  1.   Stamped approved posters, signs, flyers, etc. (by the Dean of Student Life and Services) (maximum size 20" x 14") are not permitted to be attached to glass surfaces (on the outside or on the inside), glass doorways, nor the glass dome on the south end of the Student Services Building.  Posters, signs, flyers, etc. are not permitted in the classrooms, on painted or varnished surfaces, trees or on any light poles.  Thumb tacks are acceptable for bulletin boards.  No transparent tape or staples are allowed.  The use of clear tape, nails, tacks and other damaging objects are prohibited in the posting of campaigning material.  Masking tape is required for use to attach flyers to approved surfaces.


                  2.   Flyers are not permitted on car windows or in faculty mailboxes.  They may be placed on tables in the cafeteria, but they may not be taped to the tables and not exceed the size of 20" x 14".


                  3.   Each candidate is limited to four (4) posters posted around campus.


                  4.   Stamped approved banners (by the Dean of Student Life and Services) are limited in size to 48 inches by 10 feet long and are permitted to be posted in the cafeteria and are limited to two (2) per candidate. 


            E.   Speaking Sessions


                  1.   Arrangements may be made by each candidate to speak to the individual clubs on campus by obtaining permission from the club and approval by the club advisor.


                  2.   Candidates may speak to groups of students assembled in classrooms prior to and immediately after instruction with instructor's approval.


            F.   Handouts


Stamped approved handouts (by the Dean of Student Life and Services) are permissible, but you cannot force people to take them.


  VI.     Elections Dates and Procedures

  1. Election will be held from date TBA. On date TBA the polls will close at midnight. Voting will be online through myAVC.
  1. All students currently enrolled in classes are eligible to vote.
  1. A drawing will be held on date TBA after the filing deadline to determine where the candidate's name will be listed on the ballot, not necessarily alphabetically.
  1. Each candidate will be encouraged to attend the announcement session at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, date TBA in the Student Life and Services Office (T700 E1).
  1. Election results will be posted in the glass display case outside SSV 180 and in the glass case in the Bookstore Hallway after the announcement session.
  1. All candidates including write-in candidates must receive a majority vote to win and he/she must receive at least a minimum of ten (10) votes and meet the eligibility requirements to be declared the winner of the election.
  1. All protests concerning the election must be submitted in writing no later than 11 a.m. on Friday, date TBA to the Dean of Student Life and Services and/or designee.

VII.     Special Campaign Arrangements


Any special campaign activities not mentioned in the above campaign procedures must be submitted in writing in advance for approval by the Dean of Student Life and Services and/or designee.


VIII.    The Executive Council and Dean of Student Life and Services and/or designee reserve the right to extend the filing deadline for any position where there are no declarations filed or no candidate meets the qualifications for obtaining office.

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Candidates & Letters of Intent: 2019-2020

Student Trustee and ASO Statements


Ryan Johnson

I, Ryan Johnson am currently your Executive Director of Public Relations. I am running for the position of Student Trustee so I may best represent and serve the students of AVC. Although this was my first year in ASO, I have familiarized myself with many policies and issues and have learned so much throughout my term that would well-equip me to serve in this position. Every student deserves to have their voice heard and I will do my best to make sure this happens as your 2019-2020 Student Trustee.

Nicholas Lee

My name is Nicholas Lee and I believe that I would make an excellent addition to the college's Board of Trustees.

I have experience in public speaking and can provide unique well-formulated suggestions in the student government. Not only would this provide valuable experience for me and possibly serve as a stepping stone to run for higher offices, but it is also a way to give back to the community and affect the lives of my fellow students. 

David Durost

Hello to all my fellow students, my name is David Durost and I’m running for the position of Student Trustee. What exactly is the Student Trustee you might ask? The Student Trustee sits on the College Board with the great powers of AVC and makes decisions that affects each and everyone one of you. Essentially, the Student Trustee is an Advocate for the students and I’m prepared to do just that. I have the passion and the dedication.  So if you’re looking for transparency greater representation than I’m the right candidate for you. I humbly seek your vote.  Thank You!


Dwight Coleman did not submit a statement

Nikkie Anne De Jesus did not submit a statement












Jack Danielson III

Currently, I serve as the Senator of Student Life. In this position, I have worked closely with fellow ASO members to create a more unified campus culture for all AVC students. I currently Chair the Hearts and Hands Committee which looks to ensure all AVC students who are food insecure have access to our pantry. I have also been working to ensure that students can access fresh fruits and vegetables through the creation of the Marauders Market. As President, you will see more changes like these to build a more unified campus culture where students are proud to attend AVC.



Jahlen Pinelo

As a student of AVC, I want this institution to be as efficient and student-friendly as possible. I understand the stress that comes along with managing a personal life, education, and extra curriculars. As a member of ASO I will be the voice of the busy student, of the people who have a million other things to worry about. I will use this expertise and my voice to contribute to changes that can hopefully alleviate some stress within the student body.


Dwight Coleman did not submit a statement



Ammy Martinez Hernandez

I've been an A.S.O. officer for two years, and after working closely with A.S.O I have gained a lot of experience with planning, organizing and accomplishing our objectives/goals. Being a queer, latinx woman I wanted my voice to be heard, I wanted to create change. I am currently President of Pride Advocates, Vice President of Heritage of Latin America, Secretary of Industrial Hemp Student Alliance, working on campus as a Peer Mentor for the Dreamers Center as well as being involved with an outside nonprofit organization called C.H.I.R.L.A. I love AVC and I'd like to create an impact.




Savanah Arrieta

My name is Savannah Arrieta and I want to run for Executive Director Public Relations. This is my statement:

Being able to obtain this position will enable me to provide a campus filled with opportunities and create a student life that is more active. I can contribute fresh ideas, help connect with other students, in addition to representing the students and their needs. I will work hard to help develop a more positive campus and community as well as improve the life at AVC.



Perla Chavez

Being a student at Antelope Valley College has opened my eyes to the possibilities and changes I can bring to this school and my community. Involved in both the honors program and law scholar program, to better advance myself in my studies and expose myself to the profession of Law. My organization and communication skills will assist me to excel in being secretary for student government. Obtaining the position would give me opportunities to gain experience for my future profession and would allow me to immerse myself in the AVC culture.


Senator of Health and Safety Sciences

Jacob Holtrop





During my time at AVC, I have met fellow students, friends, and faculty members that I look up to that have inspired me to make positive changes and work harder in my endeavors. I aspire to do the same and influence other members of AVC to make positive changes of their own. I hope to achieve my aspiration by being a voice for AVC students, and helping AVC become a cleaner and safer place for those on campus.


Senator of Counseling and Matriculation

Joseph Martinez

I want to run for this position because I believe that I can change our current system and improve on it. I want our current system to focus more on how to give you confidence in your decision to transfer while also preparing for the process of transferring. I would also want our counseling to help you find other services that relate to your major. Together we can help shape AVC for the benefit for all students.


Faculty Inspiration Award


David Adams

Jason Bowen

Veja Jennings

Zia Nisani




Last updated: July 23, 2019