University | 2:23 am | April 18, 2012 | By Julia Zorthian

Gonzalez ’14 wins runoff for YCC president

After an overlooked clause threw the race to become next year’s Yale College Council president to a runoff, John Gonzalez ’14 won 59.91 percent of the vote to defeat Eric Eliasson ’14, the YCC announced early Wednesday morning.

The YCC declared Gonzalez the winner of the election in an email Friday night. But the elections committee retracted the statement the next day, citing a clause in the YCC constitution indicating that Gonzalez had not obtained a sufficient margin to be named the winner. The election went to a runoff held Monday and Tuesday, alongside a runoff for UOFC chair between Aly Moore ’14 and Bobby Dresser ’14. Moore took the UOFC race, earning 53.71 percent of the vote.

Gonzalez, the current Sophomore Class Council president, called the runoff election “very, very stressful,” but said he was glad for an additional opportunity to meet students and hear their opinions.

“I just spent the last 10 minutes clicking my heels and screaming out the window in glee,” Gonzalez told the News early Wednesday morning, minutes after learning of his victory from YCC Vice President Omar Njie ’13.

Read more in tomorrow’s News.

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