The race is on for student leadership; Candidates make their appeal to potential voters

Daniel Saldana, Marlena Ainsworth, Kimberly Ramos and Omar Rincon are all candidates for student government at City College. Phoenix Kanada | Staff Photographer |

Rose Vega
Staff Reporter ·

City College students will be able to log into their eServices and vote under the “Elections and Surveys” tab and choose their candidate for student government on April 10 and 11 from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

On April 10, Student Leadership & Development and the Student Associated Council will host a barbecue in the quad from 11:30 a.m. until food supply runs out. The Student Empowerment Barbecue is a chance for students to come learn more about student government and the roles that running candidates will fill in the coming school semester.

This is also an opportunity for students to learn more about the upcoming state primary election Nov. 6.

Current candidates running for Student Senate come equipped with various skills and big aspirations for the upcoming 2018- 2019 school year. Whether it’s campus safety concerns, LGBT rights, or getting the most out of at City College, these candidates want students to know that they matter and their voices will be heard.

The students in this article are not all of the candidates running for student election. On, there is a 2018 voter guide that showcases each student running with their information, including major and what makes them qualified for the position they want to fill.

Not all candidates were able to get back to The Express by our deadline. Among the candidates not interviewed was Daniel Saldana, 23, a computer engineering major, who’s running for secretary of legislative affairs.


Kimberly Ramos

Kimberly Ramos, neurobiology physiology and behavior major, is currently running for president of Student Senate for the 2018-2019 school year.

“I feel that I can apply my passion and skills to many areas of student government,” says Ramos, 23. This will be her first time participating in student government. Ramos says she has a passion for student safety and making sure all students feel welcome.

“I want to have stricter policies on the repercussions (sexual violence) cases when they happen on Sacramento City College,” says Ramos who will be participating on campus safety day, which will provide awareness and information about safety resources at City College.

“Let’s make Sacramento City College safe from sexual and violent predators. Together let’s be the change,” says Ramos.


Marlena Ainsworth

Marlena Ainsworth, sociology major, is currently running for senator of the Student Associated Council for the 2018-2019 school year.

“The important thing is to make sure that (my peers) have a good role model as their representation,” says Ainsworth, who hopes to transfer to UC Davis or Sacramento State University.

“I believe I can make a difference,” says Ainsworth, adding that her experience working at Kaiser and her understanding of bylaws will help her provide representation for her peers at City College.

“I want to make sure that our students are educated about student government,” says Ainsworth. She feels that not enough students know about everything that student government offers.

“It is important for students to know what is available for them at Sacramento City College,” says Ainsworth.

Editor’s note: Due to an oversight, this story was printed claiming Marlena Ainsworth was running for president of the Student Senate instead of senator..


Omar Rincon

Omar Rincon, political science major, is currently running for senator of the Student Associated Council for the 2018-2019 school year.

“As a senator I feel I will be able to introduce resolutions or bills that will help the clubs,” says Rincon, 22, who has been involved with student government and other clubs, such as Phi Pheta

Kappa for three years. This will be Rincon’s first time running for a position in Student Senate. Rincon has been attending City College since 2014.

“I would love to try to implement more gender neutral bathrooms for the LGBT students,” says Rincon, adding that his main focus with be on support for the clubs, the LGBT community and those in financial crisis.