Scott Mackay has dropped out of the race to become Stirling’s next Vice President Communities, just a day before the candidates’ hustings.
Speaking to Brig, Mackay said he made the decision for the “most boring reason I’ve ever done anything for, just because I wanted to”. He has now asked for a position on the elections committee.
Mackay had considerable experience with Stirling’s clubs and societies before he announced his candidacy for VP Communities last month. He is the current president of the Paintball Society, for which he also served as treasurer last year.
For the 2015/16 academic year, he was the university’s clubs and societies officer, and in 2014 he served as secretary for the Assassin’s Guild while also setting up a short-lived Teaching Society.
In an interview with Brig earlier today, VP Communities candidate James Fitzsimons expressed his admiration for Mackay, saying: “Scott’s got a lot of great facts behind him.”
He stated that he would be willing to enact some of Mackay’s proposed policies if he was elected, including his idea for waiving clubs and societies fees for postgraduate students.
Fitzsimons, and Mackay’s other former opponents, Jamie Grant and Alasdair Ibbotson, are all still in the running for the Union seat. Mackay has declined to endorse another candidate for the time being.