After two weeks and tough competition from Scott Perkins and Rebecca Lees for the position, Teddy Smith has been elected Accommodation and Community Officer. His mixture of a loud brand and ambitious, if sometimes sketchy, plans evidently grabbed the attention of voters.
At times it seemed that Teddy was everywhere on campus; certainly nobody could miss the potent combination of his mustard hoodie and bright pink t-shirt. His slogan ‘Safe as Houses’, while a little clichéd, was nonetheless memorable.
Yet Teddy did not just win as a result of his campaign, though undoubtedly he was the most recognisable candidate on campus running for this position. Voters will have been willing to trust he can provide such services as an expanded Hopper bus service to include Lenton, Dunkirk and Beeston and a Paris style bike loan system, despite the lack of concrete plans on how he aims to achieve this. However, it is obvious that his plans to completely reform the current SU website and to put pressure on Unipol to provide a relevant service have struck a chord with voters.
He attributes his success to the other candidates, arguing that “If they hadn’t run such good campaigns, I wouldn’t have been as good as I was.”