The influential endorsing body Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) have backed Robbie Zimbroff and William Wagstaff in the ASSU Executive race.
This is unsurprising – both are heavily involved in the black community and are Ujamaa RAs. The only serious challenger to the SOCC endorsement would have been Brianna Pang, who was endorsed by SOCC as a senator last year and served as the Senate’s Appropriations Chair. In that post she successfully ensured funding for minority student groups, such as the Black Student Union, though it’s possible that the combined involvement of Zimbroff-Wagstaff was too much to overcome.
Pang and her running mate, Dan DeLong, decided to drop out of the race to pursue personal interests next year. Both insist their decision had nothing to do with SOCC’s choice to endorse Zimbroff-Wagstaff.
“We’re incredibly excited to have the SOCC endorsement,” Robbie Zimbroff told The Daily. “We have a lot of experience working with and in communities of color, and we want to work in concrete, practical terms on behalf of all students.”
Zimbroff and Wagstaff have also secured endorsements from The Queer Coalition, Green Alliance for Innovative Action (GAIA) and the Stanford Review. The Daily’s Editorial Board has yet to endorse a candidate, and is expected to do so Wednesday.