In an attempt to spark conversation about the state of higher education in Colorado, two top-level student government officials announced candidacy for the 2010-2011 presidential elections Friday morning.
The team dropped out Friday afternoon pending a decision from the nine-person elections committee on legitimacy of their campaign.
In a written statement to the Collegian Matt Worthington, current director of Legislative Affairs for The Associated Students of CSU, said he and his running mate ASCSU Vice President Tim Hole felt â€œobligated to improve the conversationâ€ amongst opposing teams.
During todayâ€™s public debate on the Lory Student Center Plaza Worthington asked the other tickets if they were willing to pledge to â€œmake higher education a top priorityâ€ if they were to be elected, each team signed on.
â€œWe were surprised by the swiftness that the other campaigns bought-in to the issue and were impressed by the passion that they felt for improving our university,â€ Worthington said in the statement.
Worthington and Hole have officially departed from the race and will now endorse all other â€œviableâ€ campaigns.
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