Candidate Information

Candidate Information

This page contains biographies that were given by the candidates running in the 2019 elections. Candidates are organized in alphabetical order according to their last names. There may be typographical or factual errors. Happy Voting

Executive Candidates

Below is a list of all the members running for the position of the President and the Vice-President at the ISU Student Government. 

Senator Candidates

Below is a list of all the members running for the position of a Senator at the ISU Student Government. 

Graber-Bhatia

AUSTIN GRABER

Running for President

Hello! My name is Austin Graber and I am currently a Junior studying Business Economics and Political Science here at Iowa State. I currently serve as a Senator for the College of Business and sit on the Finance Committee for Student Government as well. Through my time at Iowa State in serving as a Cyclone Aide, Community Advisor, and other leadership experiences, I have seen what it truly means to be a Cyclone and have obtained a multitude of experiences that allow me to be able to connect in a unique way with the student body. Taking these experiences into account, Vishesh and I have decided to run to help Elevate Cyclone Pride, Educate on Student Wellness, and Connect as many Cyclones as possible in order to make Iowa State University the best it can be!

VISHESH BHATIA

Running for Vice-President

Hello y’all, my name is Vishesh Bhatia and I am currently a Junior studying Genetics with a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology from New Delhi, India. I am currently involved within Student Government as an IRHA Senator and chair the International Student Advisory Board. Throughout my vivid experiences at Iowa State being a Community Adviser, Cyclone Aide, as well as working with Student Government & International Student body, I came across various issues and challenges that are faced by students everyday. Conversations with students about improving their Iowa State experience led to my decision to run for Student Body Vice President and optimistically Elevate Cyclone Pride, Educate on Student Wellness, and Connect as many Cyclones as possible together to build One Cyclone Family.

Woodruff-Hauber

CODY WOODRUFF

Running for President

Hey Cyclones! My name is Cody Woodruff, and I’m a Junior double majoring inPolitical Science and Speech Communication. I’m a proud, lifelong Cyclone who firmly believes in the power of people, and I am constantly inspired by the students around me. While at Iowa State, I’ve truly found a home in Student Government, and I’ve served in various roles throughout my time here, including: Senator, Vice Speaker, and currently as Speaker of the Senate. Now, I’m running for Student Body President with Analese Hauber, and I couldn’t be more humbled or excited! We can’t wait to meet students during the campaign cycle and look forward to sharing our vision, representing you and your voice, and continuing to bring about positive change on our campus. Analese and I Stand for You!

ANALESE HAUBER

Running for Vice-President

Hey Cyclones, my name is Analese Hauber. I am a junior working towards double majoring in English and Political Science with a Spanish minor. During my time here at Iowa State, I have had the privilege of serving as the Vice President and IRHA chair of Buchanan Residence Hall, a member of the university’s Food Committee, an off-campus (UROC) senator, member of the Student Government Residency Committee, and as the Vice President of United Residents Off-Campus (UROC). Filling these positions has been a great joy and brought me an immense sense of fulfillment. I feel that through representing others and advocating for their wants and needs, I have truly found my passion in life. I couldn’t be more excited to be running for Vice President alongside Cody Woodruff, meeting as many students as possible, sharing our vision, and being a force for positive change at the university. Cody and I Stand for You!

Whittington-Michelotti

BENJAMIN WHITTINGTON

Running for President

Hey there Cyclones! My name is Ben Whittington, and I am a junior studying Political Science. I am also Vice Director Of Residence… as well as a founding member and Vice President of Politics@ISU. I am running to be your next Student Government president, along with my V.P, Annaliessa Michelotti. We would like to #BridgetheDivide here on campus through three major pillars: involve, impact, and empower. We would like to increase student involvement and awareness surrounding Student Government, as well as make the administration more transparent. We would also like to impact students through fixing key infrastructure, such as parking and Cyride. Lastly, we would like to empower student voices of all backgrounds, in order to ensure everyone has a seat at the table. If you believe the current Student Government is not working in your best interest, then vote Whittington Michelotti, and help us #BridegetheDivide on campus.

ANNALIESSA MICHELOTTI

Running for Vice-President

Hello ISU! My name is Annaliessa Michelotti, and I am running to be your next Student Government Vice President. I am a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies, with a minor in Sociology. I am also a full time staff member at the U.S. Embassy Dublin, as well as a member of: Tri Iota, the Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society, the YWCA Girls POWER!, and the Highway 30 Huddle, a local group focused on grassroots level activism. My running mate, Ben Whittington and I, believe we live in a society that is becoming more divided and polarized by the day. Ben and I found friendship through our division, and we aim to bring this friendship to the Cyclone community. A vote for Whittington Michelotti is a vote to #BridgetheDivide

JACK BENDER

JACK BENDER

Running for BUS

Hello! My name is Jack Bender, I am a sophomore majoring in Accounting and I am running for the Business Senator seat. I am passionate about Iowa State University and the student experience it provides. I am currently the Secretary for the African American Studies Society, where I have help to restart the club. I am looking to streamline open communication with students as well make a great impact on campus.

JOSHUA HANYANG

JOSHUA HANYANG

Running for BUS

My name is Joshua Hanyang and I am a junior studying Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship from Waukee, Iowa. Alongside my curricular activities, I serve as a Cyclone Aide, a member of Business Council, as well as Treasurer for the Iowa State Singers. Since the beginning of college, I have wanted to help students find their community of friends while empathizing with the rigors of balancing studies, extracurriculars, and work. I first expressed interest in running for the office of Senator from the College of Business with the goal of sharing experiences of a student involved in a diverse range of organizations and academic programs across campus. When students choose how they apply their unique perspective of Iowa State towards their own involvement, their efforts should be celebrated. I am eager to assist Iowa State as a member the legislative body of its Student Government if elected.

KELSEY CULBERTSON

KELSEY CULBERTSON

Running for CALS

I am a senior studying Environmental Science and Political Science. I have been in Student Government for two years now, and currently serve as the Vice Speaker. I am running for reelection as a CALS Senator because I love Iowa State. Student Government is the first place I really got involved on campus, and I want to work with students to help them find that experience for themselves. During my time in Student Government I have worked to implement initiatives that affect students on campus in a positive way. If elected again, I will continue to work hard for the students of this university. I want to keep visiting organizations and get their opinions about what needs to be changed on campus. Some projects that I’m currently working on are the Campus Farmer’s Market with Senator Sanchez, a Student Care and Wellness Fund, and lease gap housing and storage for students.