Presidential Election 2019

The votes are in and the results have been ratified by the Elections Committee. Congratulations to Josh Marando for winning the 2019 MSU Presidential Elections and becoming the is president-elect of the McMaster Students Union. The President takes office on May 1, 2019 but will begin the transition process in the coming weeks.

Voter turnout for the 2019 MSU Presidential election was 26.8% with 6576 students voting this year.

The Elections Committee, charged with overseeing all elections of and within the MSU, has completed the campaign evaluation process by assessing fines and addressing complaints levied against candidates. 

All results are unofficial at this time. All candidates have five business days to appeal their fines and contest the results. Appeals will be heard first by the Elections Committee. Subsequent appeals will be heard by the Electoral Appeal Board. Decisions of the Electoral Appeal Board are final.

The formal minutes of the Election Committee's presidential election fines meeting can be found here: EC 2019 Presidential Fines - January 24 2019.pdf 

Round-by-round elections results:


The vote breakdown can also be found here: 2019 MSU Presidential Election Results

Josh Marando's EAB appeal meeting minutes: Electoral Appeal Board 18A

The MSU President is elected annually by the MSU membership as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitution and Bylaw 10. The elected candidate will hold office from May 1st to April 30th. The President may carry a course load of not more than three (3) units per academic term. This course load restriction may be waived by a two-thirds majority vote of the SRA.

The President is to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Spokesperson for the McMaster Students Union and be a voting member of the SRA, the Executive Board, and an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees. As well, the President will chair the Executive Board, Board of Directors and the Presidents' Council. Furthermore, the President will represent the MSU to the University Administration, Hamilton community as well as local, provincial, and national governments and organizations.


2019 Presidential Election Candidates

Jeffrey Campana 


I am humbled that I now have the pleasure to say ‘GO’ on something that you all helped create for me over my past 8 years here at McMaster. To those who have had my back since day one, to the creation of my first campaign document on May 4th 2018, I would like to say thank you. It’s been quite the long ride but it’s not my time anymore, it’s yours! #YourTimeIsNow

Instagram: @jeffreymichael2019

Josh Marando 


Hi! My name is Josh Marando and I’m a fourth year Arts & Science student. #BuildTogether is a platform informed by our students, informed by the needs of our students, and designed to improve student life. Check out the following links to learn more!

Instagram: @_Josh2019
Website: Josh2019.com
Twitter: @JoshMarando 

Justin Lee 


I’m running because I owe so much of who I am to the MSU and the people of McMaster for giving me the opportunity to be the person I want to be every day. I want nothing more but to give back, to fiercely represent the people here with everything I have to give and to turn what was initially my vision for a better McMaster into our vision for a better McMaster.

Instagram: @justin_lee2019

Madison Wesley


Our school prides itself on being a pro-mental health institution, however, there is room for improvement. I want to do everything in my power to introduce more counsellors, psychiatrists, and doctors on campus so your physical and mental health are priorities. Let me be your voice for change.

Instagram: @madisonjw2019
Snapchat: madisonjw2019
Twitter: @madisonjw2019

Important Dates

Nomination Period: November 26, 2018 - January 9, 2019 | Closing at 5 PM

All Candidates Meeting: January 9, 2019 | MDCL 1115 @ 6-8 PM 

Campaigning Period: January 13, 2019 - January 24, 2019  | Starting at 12 PM

Presidential Meet & Greet: January 15, 2019 6 PM - 8 PM | TwelvEighty

Candidate Debate: January 17, 2019 3 PM - 5 PM | MUSC Atrium

Polling Date(s): January 22, 2019 - January 24, 2019 | Ending at 5 PM


To be nominated, please read over the package carefully and return the completed Nomination Package to the McMaster Students Union Office (MUSC 201) by January 9th at 5 PM.

The Expense Declaration Sheet must be completed in full and handed in by 12 PM on January 23rd.

The Nomination Package can be found by clicking the links below, or by visiting the McMaster Students Union Office (MUSC 201).

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