Endorsements split heading into YCC runoff

Pete Croughan '12, who came in third in the presidential race, is backing Jeff Gordon '12 in the runoff.
Pete Croughan '12, who came in third in the presidential race, is backing Jeff Gordon '12 in the runoff. Photo by Danny Serna.

After Tuesday’s nail-biter election for Yale College Council President threw the race to a runoff, a slew of endorsements for both sides on Wednesday have made the stakes for tomorrow’s runoff even higher.

Former presidential candidate Pete Croughan ’12 gave his support to Jeff Gordon ’12, appearing in campaign posters pledging his support. Meanwhile, four of the five newly elected members of the YCC executive board have thrown their support behind Courtney Pannell ’11.

Vice president-elect Annie Shi ’12, Secretary-elect Lauren Koster ’12, Events Director-elect Michael Chao ’11 and UOFC Chair-elect Chris LoPresti ’12 all publicly endorsed Pannell; Shi cited Pannell’s ability to communicate as influential in her decision to endorse, while Koster said Pannell’s leadership style would be most effective for accomplishing the YCC board’s goals.

“She’s very personable, very creative and innovative,” Koster said. “She wants to get to know people.”

The endorsements come despite an initial agreement that candidates for YCC office would not endorse one another, Shi said, though she added that she originally perceived the agreement as binding only for the first round of elections. Once Croughan endorsed Gordon, she said, the rest of the board decided they could each express their opinions as they see fit.

Tuesday’s presidential race is easily the closest in recent memory; only two votes separated Pannell, who led after the original tally, from Gordon, with Croughan around 150 votes behind in third.

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