Cornhusker Boys State is randomly divided into two political parties, Nationalists and Federalists. The two parties start with a blank platform. Party members work to adopt “planks” of the platform at their conventions. Following the party conventions, candidates for various state offices offered remarks and answered questions from thier fellow citizens. The primary election, for everything except Governor, will be held on Tuesday June 5th.
Several area attorneys, lead by Wayne Jansen, guided newly formed city councils through their first simulation activity. The councils discussed meeting procedures and potential ordinances. These groups will hold meetings multiple times during the week.
Hello all! My name is Riley Knust and, as the serving Governor, it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Cornhusker Boys State 2018. Going into Boys State last year, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew is that I’d play some sports, maybe run for an office, and meet some cool guys. I’m sure many of you are in the same spot. During this week, there will be a multitude of opportunities to better yourself while always having fun. The key to having a successful and memorable week here at Boys State is to simply get involved. Whether that be running for a town position, interviewing for the judicial branch, crafting and debating bills in the legislature, or maybe even running for Governor; there is a chance for you to experience something new, leave your mark, and come home with unique stories. None of that is what normal high school seniors do, but I urge you to get involved, you won’t regret it. This week you will learn how to be a good citizen, but I believe the greatest thing to take away is the connections and friendships you will make. I wish you all the best of luck and I look forward to seeing all your accomplishments!
Ruben Aguilar of Lincoln, NE was elected Governor of Cornhusker Boys’ State 2016-17.
What is a Nationalist and Federalist? Soon, we will know!
Nationalists and Federalists are the two political parties at Cornhusker Boys’ State. They are NOT Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc. Each delegate to Boys’ State is randomly assigned a political party. The two groups will gather, debate, and construct a platform from scratch. This task generally proves to be challenging and teaches valuable lessons in communication, compromise, and negotiation.
Once the platforms have been formed, candidates will begin their campaigns for elected office. Stay tuned for more election results later in the week.