VP Sports Development candidate Jocelyn Makin has withdrawn her nomination less than two days after submitting it, citing the heavy workload of campaigning and prioritising her degree as the reason.
In a statement, Jocelyn told the Wessex Scene on Friday “With deepest regret I have had to withdraw from the SUSU Elections. My current work load with the given time constraints is putting me under too much stress.”
“The Candidates’ Briefing meeting and the SUSUtv commitments accentuated how much stress running a full campaign on top of my current commitments would be, a task I feel I couldn’t justify. I am heart-broken to have to make this decision, one that I must stress was not made lightly, but I know that I must prioritise my degree, a decision I hope most people would take in my position, and one which I hope to be respected for.”
Jocelyn was one of six candidates who put themselves forward for the sabbatical position, alongside Dean Jones, Sam Huish, Laura Gottleib, Thomas Norton and Sion Roberts.
She explained that “I don’t wish anyone to think I backed out due to a lack of passion and I emphasise how upsetting this decision has been as I truely believed I could have brought so much to the job. I wish to thank my close friends who have supported me up until now (you know who you are), I wouldn’t have thought campaigning were possible without your encouragement.”
“I wish all the elections candidates the best of luck.”
The position of VP Sports development was to be the most contested sabbatical position in this years elections, but now shares the widest race with VP Academic Affairs.
Last year Benjamin Brooks withdrew his candidacy for the Academic position due to similar reasons.
A list of the full runners and riders for this years elections can be found here.