The Junior State is unique in that we are entirely student run, and students attending our Spring State convention elect our leaders for the upcoming year. Our student leaders are elected to represent and address the concerns of everyone in our diverse state. They have the sole responsibility to appoint a student cabinet to coordinate our overnight conventions, communicate important information to chapter leaders, and fundraise to make our organization affordable. As such, we urge you to read about each candidate’s vision for JSA so that you may cast an informed vote. To learn more about the intended purpose of each elected position, please read our Fair Elections Committee Handbook. Candidates are listed alphabetically by first name.
If you are unsure of which district your chapter is in, please contact Governor Nari Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANDIDATES FOR OHIO RIVER VALLEY GOVERNOR
My name is Kate Majidzadeh, and I’m a junior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I’ve been involved in this organization since being unwillingly dragged to a Medical Marijuana debate, where I ended up finding a new home. I decided to run for Governor because I believe in the mission of JSA to provide a civic education and leadership opportunities to students. I want to build upon the strong foundation this year’s cabinet has established, and expand the reach of JSA throughout the ORV.
Hi! My name is Weston, and I’m running to be your 2017 ORV Governor. I feel that we’ve poured an incredibly strong foundation this year, and next year we just need to keep building on that foundation. We will set expansion and fundraising as top priorities so that JSA can have an impact on more people, while at the same time fine tuning the experience for current members. I believe I have the experience, commitment, and platform to continue moving the ORV forward, and I encourage you to check out the comprehensive platform at www.westonforgov.com or personally reach out to me.
CANDIDATES FOR OHIO RIVER VALLEY LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Hello! My name is Edina Kovács and I’m a Junior at Dublin Scioto. I joined JSA my Sophomore year and committed immediately. I have had the pleasure of attending Georgetown’s JSA program and being your Co-Director of Expansion. However, my biggest pride is being chapter president at DSHS. Some fun facts are that I write my own songs and I have a Husky! I wish to change the ORV through the people. My platform can be found at http://tinyurl.com/Edina4LTG
*Follow me on Facebook “Edina for ORV LTG” or on Twitter “@EdinaForLtg.”
Hey ORV! My name is Shane, and I’m running to become your next Ohio River Valley Lieutenant Governor. JSA has become a huge part of my life over the past three years, and I’ve been privileged to serve as your Director of Activism. Outside of the Junior State, I’m involved in Student Council, NHS, and my school’s Medical Club. I’m dedicated to creating opportunities for all statesmen to gain a civic education. I’m looking forward to working toward this goal during this election season, and I can’t wait to meet as much of this state as possible in getting there.
CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR OF THE NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
I’m Andrew Bendick and I’m running for Mayor of North Central District in our 2017 election. I’ll be in charge of coordination between chapters and will be working with chapter presidents all over the ORV. Some of my personal hobbies are running track, economics, and you can find me in the gym every day of the week. My previous experience as OLHS chapter president and 3 years of JSA along with personal characteristics more than qualify me for this position.
I love the Junior State of America more than anything and It would be such an honor to represent such an amazing organization as your NCD Mayor. JSA has impacted my life in so many positive ways and I feel the need to give back. I will go above and beyond to ensure that everyone can experience JSA and all the opportunities it offers. I am absolutely honored to run for your NCD Mayor, and I would truly appreciate if you would look over my platform and website (tessformayor.com).
CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR OF THE SOUTHWEST DISTRICT
Hello fellow statesmen and women! My name is Bri Hinchee and I am running for SWD Mayor, I’m currently the Vice Mayor of Expansion for the SWD and Co-Vice President in the Miamisburg JSA chapter. I have a deep and passionate love for JSA and trying to be a positive light for anyone around me. If you need a little sunshine you can take some of mine just remember to #Bripositive and I’ll see you at spring state. Much love always ORV.
My name is Julia Lotterer and I’m a junior at Ursuline Academy. I’ve been part of JSA in many different ways: as solely a chapter member, as a chapter president, and as an ORV cabinet member. Currently, I serve as a communications specialist on cabinet and chapter co-president. Since I’ve had a variety of roles within JSA, I feel confident in my ability to represent each student. I will improve communication throughout our district to strengthen existing chapters, promote expansion, and ensure each of your voices is heard. To learn more about my platform, visit @julialottererforswdmayor on Instagram!