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Student Government Elections are October 24

Posted on October 20, 2017

On October 24, all current Tyler students will have the chance to vote for their new Student Government Association (SGA) officers. 

From 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. that day, voting stations will be set up on the first floor of Moyar Hall at the Chester Campus and by the library on the second floor of Hamel Hall at the Midlothian Campus. Students unable to come to campus that day will be able to vote electronically from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. A link to a Google form ballot will be sent to student e-mail addresses that day.

The winners of the SGA elections will be announced October 27.

Here are your candidates:

Candidates for SGA President Candidates

Heather Ashbeck 
Heather is in her last year at John Tyler Community College. She is currently enrolled in the Pre-Social Work degree program. Heather works in the Student Activities office and is involved in several of the college’s clubs, including: President, Sociology Club; Vice President, Students Veterans Organization; and Treasurer, Phi Theta Kappa – BOO Chapter. She also is a student representative on the committee examining the possible creation of a food pantry at Tyler for those students and faculty members in need. Heather possesses great leadership skills that she acquired by serving in the Air Force for 18 years. Being a mother of three children with ages ranging from 11-21, she brings a unique ability to understand the wide variety of issues and concerns of all students, of all ages, at Tyler. After graduating in May 2018, Heather will attend VCU where she will continue her education in social work.

Dana Legere 
Dana is a second-year student at John Tyler Community College, studying medicine. Dana has loved medicine ever since her little sister, Amanda, was diagnosed with a rare brain anomaly. Dana has enjoyed working with the brain, and she plans to go into a career researching neurological disorders. As well as medicine, Dana enjoys being involved in the community as a leader. She has volunteered at the Richmond Animal League, Richmond for the Homeless, and she has been involved in many community activities, including monthly “Pray Through RVA” nights. In the past, Dana has volunteered by helping with door-to-door campaigns for the 2008 presidential election. as well as local elections throughout Virginia. Dana continues to carry out her civic-engagement duties on and off campus everyday as a Tyler Student Ambassador and as a co-leader of the JTCC organization THRIVE, a student ministry. Dana is beyond excited to participate on Governor McAuliffe's Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force this fall and cannot wait to help John Tyler Community College students become more civically engaged. “If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes,” - Corrie Ten Boom.

Candidates for SGA Vice President

Emma Capps 
Emma is a second year student at Tyler and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s BOO Chapter. She is also the founder and chair of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at JTCC. When she earns her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Emma plans to transfer to the University of Virginia and major in either political science or political philosophy, policy and law. She has interned for political figures in Dallas, Texas and New York City and has been invited to speak to various civic organizations across Virginia. Emma has also attended numerous political conferences across the country, from Washington D.C. to West Palm Beach, Florida. In May 2015, she organized and hosted a rally in support of law enforcement after Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer was shot and killed at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond. Additionally, she is a free speech activist. Her motto is: Be Courageous, Be Kind, and Be Truthful. Emma hopes to be able to spread that message to all JTCC students through the office of Vice President.

Braxton Payne 
Braxton is currently enrolled full-time at John Tyler Community College at our Chester Campus. Braxton hopes to one day attend Penn State; William and Mary; or George Mason University to obtain a degree in a major relating to business, law, or social work. Braxton is excited to run for vice president of the Student Government Association to strengthen his leadership abilities and to become more involved in student activities. He believes that through hard work and dedication the team of leaders elected, the SGA will make a positive impact here at John Tyler.

Candidate for SGA Secretary

Chelsey Bufton 
Chelsey has been a student at John Tyler Community College since the spring of 2015. She is currently in the Pre-BSN program, working toward her life goal of becoming a neonatal nurse. Chelsey is a wife and a mother of a four-year-old daughter. She lives in Virginia Beach and travels to Tyler to for her classes. She is extremely dedicated and passionate about JTCC and has a hard-working and compassionate personality. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her local church and at the children’s hospital in Norfolk. She also helps at her daughter’s preschool by planning activities and organizations. “Helpfulness, caring, organization, responsibility and loyalty” is a promise Chelsey guarantees to all Tyler students.

Candidates for SGA Treasurer

Alexis Gomez 
Alexis is running for the Student Government Association’s Treasurer for the academic year of 2017-2018. For him, this is a great opportunity to help the initiatives of the student government and organizations at John Tyler Community College. Alexis genuinely cares about the goals of our students, and the legacy they wish to establish within our community. Therefore, he is committed to using the best of his knowledge and ability to help the triumph and success of our community. “Vote for me as your treasurer, and I promise to dedicate my work to assist in your success”.

Elijah Pullings 
Elijah believes he is a great fit for the treasurer position because he has always been passionate about finances and how they are managed. Currently, he is an active investor in the stock market and has a growing portfolio. He spends his free time listening to CNBC and Ray Dalio – one of the world’s greatest investors. He has attended great investor meetings, such as the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. Moreover, he is the presiding director of a nonprofit organization called the Youthpreneur foundation.

Candidates for SGA Communications Coordinator

Alex Dizon 
Alex is in her first semester at John Tyler and is running for the Student Government Association’s communication coordinator position. Alex plans to transfer to UVA or the College of William and Mary after her time at John Tyler to major in biomedical engineering or biology. Although new to John Tyler, she is no stranger to responsibility, as she was the president of two clubs in high school and received four awards for her involvement in the community. She would like to apply her leadership experience, dedication, and organizational skills to the communication coordinator position. Alex will do her best to keep the community informed and engaged in activities occurring throughout the school.

Lauren Intravia 
Lauren is in her first official year here at John Tyler Community College, although she completed several courses throughout her senior year at Monacan High School through Tyler. She is currently majoring in Educational Studies (K-6) and hopes to eventually minor in sociology. Her future career goal is to be an elementary school teacher for underprivileged children/Title One Schools. Lauren is running for the position of communications coordinator because she not only likes to be involved with the school environment but also her future. Lauren feels that she can help many others in this same direction by sharing with them opportunities, so they can have the ability to better their future. She is a very organized, creative, and outgoing person and feels that all of her strengths make her a perfect fit for this position. As George Lucas once said, "You have to find something that you love enough to jump over hurdles and break through the brick walls.”

Ariana Paz 
Ariana is a freshmen majoring in business administration. Currently, she works at Chick-Fil-A and volunteers in the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital. Ariana is running for communications coordinator because she believes that the student body deserves someone with an outgoing personality to be their voice. She is a really easy person to get along with and believes she has the leadership skills that are essential to be in this position. Ariana hopes she is given the opportunity to keep the student body up-to-date with all the fun events JTCC has planned. “Every vote is important. so make it count and let your voice be heard!”

Questions about the SGA elections may be directed to the Student Activities Office at

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