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Interview with Huskey and Haley’s campaign manager

Credit to Blake Stevenson
Collin and Rena

Campus is buzzing with excitement surrounding the upcoming CUSG elections and the different people running for office. Candidates and South Carolina natives Collin Huskey and Rena Haley have begun campaigning on campus and, as their slogan promotes, are planning to reach “new heights” if elected. At their interest meeting last month, the candidates stressed that, rather than “fixing” Clemson, they will aim to better the Clemson experience for students.

Recently, The Tiger News had the opportunity to ask Huskey and Haley’s Campaign Manager Blake Stevenson a few questions about the campaign. He explained that he and Huskey have been roommates at Clemson since freshman year. They are close friends who share common ground in their faith and in their “passion for Clemson.”

When Huskey began to consider running for Clemson’s Student Body President last year, Stevenson knew that he “would be a perfect fit for the job.” Both Huskey and Stevenson have experience in student government; they both served as Student Body President in high school. Stevenson was supportive and willing to help “in any way [he] could.” After helping out during the beginning stages of the campaign last year, Blake eventually took on the official role of campaign manager.

When asked about the candidate’s platform, Stevenson shared that he is “very impressed” and that it will “help make the Clemson experience even better than it already is.” He is particularly excited about Huskey and Haley’s push for bringing more exciting events, such as concerts, to campus.

Stevenson explained that Huskey and Haley’s staff is made up of “some of the hardest-working individuals on campus” who have helped make the campaign run smoothly. The campaign team has a staff of fifteen members and many volunteers, all of whom are very eager and reliable, according to Stevenson.

So far, Huskey and Haley have been met with enthusiasm and interest. Stevenson explained that the staff has “been very pleased with the student body’s reaction thus far,” as many students have reached out to learn more about the campaign platform.

Finally, Stevenson was asked to sum up the campaign in one word. His response was simple but apt: “fresh.” He went on to explain that Huskey and Haley will not only be reaching new heights if elected, but they will “bring fresh perspectives” to enhance the Clemson experience in a way “they know the student body desires.”

Primary elections will be held online on Feb. 27, and the final election will take place on March 6.

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