On March 23, 2023, the results of the student government election were made public. Michael Delorge won his uncontested race for president, and Keegan Tripp won the contested race for vice president. Delorge and Tripp will begin their terms in the fall of 2023.
After the results were announced, President-elect Delorge released a statement.
“I’m incredibly excited and grateful to be elected as the next president of the UMaine Student Government. While I ran unopposed, I want to assure my fellow Black Bears that I am the right person for the job. I care deeply about the UMaine community, its traditions, and its future,” Delorge said. “I believe that I have the experience on campus and within UMSG to create the change that students desire and deserve. I urge students to hold myself and Vice-President-Elect Keegan Tripp accountable in our positions by attending our office hours and weekly Tuesday meetings. I can’t wait to get to work with Keegan and see what we accomplish as a Student Government.”
Vice President-elect Tripp echoed President-elect Delorge’s sentiments with his own statement.
“I am beyond excited to have been elected to this position! Campaigning this semester was an absolute blast, and I am so grateful for those who supported me through it… I look forward to working on all the projects I discussed throughout my campaign and seeing them through. I am also excited to work with President-elect Michael Delorge next year to achieve our collective goal of representing students to the best of our ability. I know I have a lot to prove, especially being younger on campus and at UMSG, but I intend to hit the ground running and make a real difference here on campus. Thank you again to everyone who voted for me; it truly means the world,” Tripp said.
Maine Campus Media was able to interview a few students regarding the results of the election.
Noah Jalbert, a third-year business student, voted for both Michael Delorge and Keegan Tripp.
“With Delorge running unopposed, my decision was pretty easy,” Jalbert said. “For the vice president, I had to spend a little more time informing myself. But after reading about each candidate’s platform, I decided to vote for Tripp. He seems like a genuinely good person and I think he will do a great job.”
Emily Boynton, a third-year student, voted for Keegan Tripp for VP.
“He came into Hip Hop club and talked to us. He talked about how he was one of the reasons we were an official club and actually showed interest in the dance program. It was interesting to hear about how club funding actually works from one of the people who is a part of it. And it was just really nice to see someone showing interest in the dance program,” Boynton said.
With the election now officially over, Maine Campus Media would like to sincerely wish President-elect Delorge and Vice President-elect Tripp good luck in serving their upcoming terms.