May 9, 2021

SG Elections: Primary Candidate Spotlight

Election season is upon us for Capital University Student Government. The election process features elections for senators representing the various schools of the University, representatives for each class, and of course, President and Vice President of Capital University Student Government. The schools to be represented are the following:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Natural Sciences/Nursing and Health
  • Conservatory/Communication
  • Social Science/Education

This year the Chimes has partnered with Student Government to give a preview of this year’s candidates. Starting with the Primary Candidate Spotlight, we will give a preview of the candidates up for election this year. Below is some info on this year’s candidates for the various senators and representatives vying to serve in Capital Student Government next year:

Name: Aubri Jones

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Candidate for: Social Science/Education Senator

Major: Education (Pre-Law specialization)

Minor: Political Science

Instagram: @aubrito_ & @jonescampaign

Twitter: @aubrito_ & @jonescampaign

Why are you running for Student Government? 

I am re-running for Student Government because I want to ensure a campus that is inclusive, united, safe and fun for everyone!

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University? 

My favorite aspect about Capital University are all the friendships that I have made along the way. From classes to campus organizations, faculty and staff, this campus has offered me some of the most amazing people that I will ever meet.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year? 

My goals for next year will reflect a campus that is engaged as a community. My primary concern on Capital’s campus is students’ needs and achieving justice for everyone. As a representative in SG’s Student Life Community, I am focused on what benefits students the most and how we can achieve it together. I’d like to bring attention to division on campus and how we can come together as one, as well as highlighting and acknowledging students’ mental health, campus safety, and making campus as eco-friendly as possible. And that’s just the beginning!

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself? 

I’m so excited to be returning for a third year to represent our student body!


Name: Danielle Thrasher

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Candidate for: Senior Class Representative

Major: Political Science/Pre-Law

Instagram: @dani4cap & @danielle.thrasher

Twitter: @daniellethrashr

Why are you running for Student Government? 

I love Capital University and the community that I found from it. My role in Student Government allows me to continue showing why I love my community.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University?

My favorite aspect about Capital University is the fact that students aren’t afraid to make their voices heard. This is how we continue to better the University and better ourselves.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year? 

If elected, I hope to continue my work to make Capital University a space that values our minority students, lifts up their voices, and gives them the keys to success.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself?

I am very grateful for the first year that I have spent at Capital University. The community I have found has been unlike anything I have ever had before. I am looking forward to creating more memories with the CapFam throughout the rest of my academic career.


Name: Ethan Browning

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Candidate for: Junior Class Representative

Major: Biology & Political Science

Instagram: @ethan.capital

Twitter: @ethanbrowningoh

Why are you running for Student Government?

I am running for a third term in the Student Senate to continue representing the Class of 2023, and to keep making Capital a better place for all of us. To me, representing means leading by serving others. That mindset is why I am want to continue serving and representing you on the Student Senate.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University?

The community – ever since I set foot on this campus, the friends and memories I have made have meant more to me than anything, and Capital really feels like a home of support and care.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year? 

My goals for the next year include improving campus infrastructure and walkways, to make Capital more eco-friendly, and to make campus a safer place to learn and grow. I have authored/co-authored and passed 12 bills and resolutions, including: Funds for Bird Feeders, Water Fillers Act, Title IX Awareness Act, and the Green Campus Campaign. Remember to vote April 14-16, and I will continue to deliver results for you.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself?

I am an amateur astrophotographer! I love space and science and I have been working on this hobby for a couple of years now.


Name: Abby Bebout

Pronouns: She/Her

Candidate for: Humanities Senator

Major: Creative Writing and Literature

Instagram: @abbycapsg

Why are you running for Student Government?

I am running for Student Government because I believe everyone deserves a voice. The Humanities are filled with some of the most creative and intellectual students because of their numerous majors and interests, and their students deserve to be heard.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University? 

I love how interested the professors and professional staff are in the well-being of their students. I am very grateful to know that I will always have someone who will fight for me and my goals.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year? 

I plan to promote a welcoming and inclusive Capital community through campus safety and promotion of diverse thought and equity. I aim to pass more legislation focusing upon diversity and inclusion and the welfare of the student body.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself?

I have an anonymous survey in my Instagram bio. Please fill this out to let me know any areas of campus you would like to see improved or if you have any ideas for legislation. You can even fill it out to tell me about yourself!


Name: Jeremy Hill

Pronouns: He/Him

Candidate for: Junior Class Representative

Major: Religion

Minor: Communications

Instagram: @Oohillem2

Why are you running for Student Government? 

I am joining Student Government to help get all voices heard. To dive deeper into this idea I mean I want the pop who you don’t expect to talk with student government to talk. Me being an athlete and in Greek life I am hoping that I can make a bridge for both to speak up.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University? 

Being from Colorado I am not used to this type of culture. I love the culture here at Capital. What I mean by this is that everyone at Capital is not afraid to stop and chat to a stranger. Here at Capital I have grown fond of the idea that we are a family, and I would love to keep it that way.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year? 

My goals are to help unite different activities on campus. Greek Life and Athletics are two activities that I am apart of. That being said I feel that we are not well spoken for. If I were elected I would help fight to speak for these activities.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself?

I’m a fun and happy guy. I will do anything that is needed to help make people have more unity again.


Name: Aidan Cunningham

Pronouns: He/Him

Candidate for: Conservatory/Communication Senator

Major: Instrumental Music Education

Instagram: @aggie.aidan

Twitter: @aggie_aidan

Why are you running for Student Government?

I want to take direct action to make positive changes for the Conservatory and the university as a whole.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University?

The sense of community we all share. I’ve never felt unwelcome anywhere on campus, and everyone is genuinely supportive of each other’s interests.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year?

I intend to advocate for increased publicity for the conservatory and communications areas, while also striving to increase their involvement with on campus activities, as a means to bounce back following a year of restrictions making such activities difficult.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself?

Feel free to reach out to me at anytime! I love talking to people and bettering the community:)


Name: Sulimaan Priest

Pronouns: He/His

Candidate for: Senior Class Representative

Major: Business Management

Minors: Finance, Data Science

Instagram: @sulimaan99

Twitter: @SulimaanPriest

Why are you running for Student Government? 

To further enhance the university and benefit the student body that has given me so much.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University?

The campus and the connections/friendships I have made.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year?

I plan to address issues regarding life for all students, as well as promoting social and growth opportunities in compliance with the current COVID protocols. As a senior next year, I see the need for a return to a sense of normal, but in a way that prioritizes the safety of the student body.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself? 

I am also the VP of Professional Activities for Delta Sigma Pi!


Name: Larissa-Bronte Agbor-Nkongho

Pronouns: She/Her

Candidate for: Sophomore Class Representative

Major: Political Science

Minors: French, African American Studies

Instagram: @l.agbor

Why are you running for Student Government? 

I believe I could make necessary, long-lasting changes for the better at Capital University. Everyone deserves a voice, and I want to raise those of the minorities on campus.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University?

I love the different classes I’m able to take on so many different subjects, and there’s never too much to learn. The more well-versed we become, the better we may be able to affect our community positively.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year?

My goal is to increase the support and comfort of black students and cohorts on campus by providing flexible ways for everyone express their diversity.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself?

Other than giving everyone their daily dose of activism, I enjoy music in so many different varieties. I would totally love to hear all of your favorite songs! 


Name: Dree Costanzo

Pronouns: She/They

Candidate for: Humanities Senator

Major: Creative Writing, Literature

Instagram: @dree_for_sg

Why are you running for Student Government? 

Advocating for and uplifting students is very important to me.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University? 

The wonderful and close-knit community! #CapFam

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year? 

Bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of CUSG.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself? 

I can’t wait to (hopefully) be your next Humanities Senator!


Name: Christos Ioannou

Pronouns: he/him/his

Candidate for: Junior Class Representative

Major: Political Science

Minor: Military Science

Instagram: @christosforcapital

Twitter: @christos_ioa

Why are you running for Student Government? 

I’m running for re-election to my spot in Student Government to make sure that the student’s voices are heard and that someone will be standing up for them.

What is your favorite aspect about Capital University? 

My favorite aspect about Capital is the tight-knit community on campus. I love seeing familiar faces out and about every day.

If elected to the position you applied for, what are your goals for next year?

My goals for next year are to help Capital students as society starts to return to some semblance of normal and make sure student quality of life is at an all-time high.

Is there anything else you would like to share to the student body about yourself? 

I don’t think there’s anything more to say, they know me pretty well.


All headshots provided by candidates

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