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IUSA candidates: Meet Reform IUSA presidential candidate Emma Coates


Junior Emma Coates is running for IU Student Association president on the Reform IUSA ticket. The campaign prioritizes bettering student government for the benefit of students, Coates said. All students can vote March 27 and 28 for one of three executive tickets. Emily Abshire Buy Photos

All three presidential candidates in this year's upcoming IU Student Association election said they doubted most students on campus know what IUSA is.  

IUSA is the university's representative student government, set up like the United States government with three branches – executive, student body congress and supreme court. 

Each year, new representatives are voted in by students. This year's voting for the executive ticket is March 27 and 28. The executive ticket is made up of a president, vice president of congress, vice president of administration and treasurer. 

Emily Abshire

Emma Coates is a junior running on executive side of the Reform IUSA ticket. 

The Reform ticket prioritizes fixing the issues within student government, Coates said. She said her time in IUSA led her to identify three main issues in the organization: transparency, accountability and cooperation. Without a functioning internal organization, student government can't help students, she said.

Watch the IDS interview with Coates to hear her expand on the issues of and her solutions for IUSA. 

This profile is part of an ongoing series. Follow along to meet Unite IU candidate Kevin Mohsenzadeh and Voice IUSA candidate Alex Wisniewski.

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