- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University’s student association senators have voted to begin impeachment proceedings against their student body president after he publicly endorsed a candidate to be his successor.

The senators filed a charge of misconduct this week against SA President JoJo Dodd for using social media Monday to back SA Vice President Roxanne Raven for his own seat in next week’s student body election, The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1P1xS6K) reported.

Raven “is the only candidate that I trust to speak on behalf of all students,” Dodd wrote in the endorsement on his Twitter feed.

Student association bylaws prohibit executive officers from publicly supporting any candidate.

The association’s judicial council previously mandated Dodd recant his statement, acknowledge the unconstitutionality of his action and apologize to MSU students.

“This is an effort to punish me for speaking my mind, but no fear of punishment will silence my efforts to make MSU a better place,” Dodd said in a statement.

The senators will hold a hearing on the situation Tuesday.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com


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