This year is a weird one: we only had one candidate apply for each council position!
We weren’t really sure how to handle this. In the past, AJET elections have contained at least a couple candidates for one or more of the open executive council positions. The last thing we want is for you to feel like you have no say in the new Aomori AJET!
What we want you to know, as part of the Aomori community, is that we still want to hear your voice, even if your voice doesn’t decide who is on the council this year.
Aomori AJET’s Charter has no guidelines for what to do when there isn’t more than one candidate for a position. That’s why this year’s “election” isn’t truly an election. It’s more like an interest survey, after you read what each candidate REALLY wanted to say to you!
Below are the platforms and photos submitted for each candidate, along with a link to the interest form. Please have your JET ID number ready to use on the form!
My name is Samantha Martin, and I am a 3rd year ALT in Mutsu City, up on the Shimokita Peninsula. I’ve been a Regional Representative in Shimokita since 2014, and I was lucky enough to be chosen as Aomori AJET president for the 2015-2016 year. I kept the AJET tradition of creating events for all kinds of JETs: whether you drink or not; whether you’re on the east or west side or north side of the prefecture; whether you like nighttime events or daytime hangouts; this last year had it all. In 2015-2016, we created the Aomori AJET Charter, a document that outlined what AJET represents so that our organization is presented clearly to the public. I also helped plan and implement the first ever Shimokita AJET event, a hike from Osorezan last summer, so that everyone could see a little bit of my backyard.
If elected, I’d love to plan a better hiking excursion this next year, hopefully in Yagen Valley. I would also like to revamp Aomori AJET with an entirely new website, and clean up our social media presence to streamline updates a bit more frequently and less intrusively. Ideally, I’m hoping that we can provide you with an even more connected way to see updates from Aomori AJET, whether you’re on Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram. I plan on continuing to go above-and-beyond at each and every event, just like I’ve shown you this past year… and I can definitely say that the pumpkin pie jello shots y’all raved about at last year’s Welcome Party will be making a comeback if you elect me for 2016-2017 😉
Hi guys, my name is Mina, I live in Gonohe and have already served one year as Vice President of Aomori AJET. Last year on AJET, I made sure that every event was the way I would enjoy it. If it was boring to me, we’d switch it up. If I didn’t like the food, I figured you wouldn’t like it! I basically used my genuine love for a good time in order to help create the events you couldn’t get enough of.