Lawrence Liu is your next AMS VP finance.
Liu — who currently serves as the associate vice-president funds in the AMS VP Finance Office — beat out AMS Strategy and Governance Lead Kamil Kanji and the Arts Student Centre (represented by Mathew Ho).
The by-election for VP finance comes after former VP Finance Rita Jin resigned in July after AMS Council did not approve the courses she needed to take to fulfill her program and scholarship requirements. AMS President Eshana Bhangu has served as interim VP finance since.
Liu ran on a platform of increasing mental health coverage under the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan, opening a new food outlet in the Nest and expanding financial aid and support for students.
Liu said he felt “really amazing” immediately after the results were announced.
“I really want to thank everyone that supported me, all the students,” he said, adding that the turnout was "crazy." According to AMS Elections Administrator Ashley Haines, voter turnout was 10.7 per cent, or 6,378 students.
When asked what his first priority would be as VP finance, Liu said, “Let’s fix this deficit.”
— With files from Anabella McElroy