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Thirty members of the Class of 2019 are running in the annual primary election for the Young Alumni Trustee (YAT) position on the University’s Board of Trustees.

If elected, the candidate would replace Tumi Akinlawon ’15 — who is ending his term on Jun. 30 — and serve a four-year term alongside the three current YATs, Myesha Jemison ’18, Achille Tenkiang ’17, and Azza Cohen ’16.

The YAT position was established in 1969 “to ensure that the Board would always include four members with recent experience as undergraduates,” according to a description on the Alumni Association webpage.

YATs have the same rights and duties as other members of the Board, and their twofold responsibility is to serve the University and “provide a perspective” to the Board based on their recent experiences as students.

The seniors running, in alphabetical order, are Tolulope (Tolu) Adetayo, Stefan (Amo) Amokwandoh, Owen Ayers, Belinda Azamati, Carly Bonnet, Marcia Brown, Emma Lee Bruce, Mim Buscher, Sena Meryem Cebeci, Zoe Chazen, Mikkey Clarke, Currie Engel, David Fan, Miriam Friedman, Alec Gewirtz, Matt Harrington, Micah Herskind, William Keiser, Paul Francis de Francis Kigawa, Maggie McCallister, Chidinma Nwachukwu, Simi Olofinboba, Justin Ramos, Cierra Robson, Jordan Salama, Feyisola Soetan, Christopher Umanzor, Sarah Varghese, Rachel Yee, and Anna Zabel.

Brown is the former editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. Umanzor is a former staff writer for the ‘Prince.’

In order to be placed on the ballot, seniors had to attend an information session in early February and submit a petition signed by 50 seniors. According to an email sent by Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss, 41 seniors took petitions and 30 returned their petitions.

Following a primary election open only to seniors, the three candidates with the greatest number of votes will compete in the general election, which will be held from Apr. 30 to May 22 and open to all students.

Online voting through the Election Services Corporation website began on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and ends on Thursday, Mar. 7, at 5 p.m.

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