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Winners of Gubernatorial Primary Square Off in Townhall Debate

Earlier today, Cornhusker Boys’ State delegates voted in the gubernatorial primary, from which Nationalist candidate Christian Mapes of Valley Forge and Federalist candidate Lukas Fricke of Alamo emerged victorious. This evening, these two candidates participated in a small townhall debate, which precedes the debate that will take place in front of the entire delegation tomorrow morning in Kimball Hall. Among the issues debated were agricultural subsidies, education, gay marriage, universal healthcare, imminent domain, and Second Amendment rights. Special thanks to our newspaper staff and multimedia staff for streaming coverage of the debate live for all towns in Cornhusker Boys’ State to watch. If you would like to review video footage from the debate, CLICK HERE! The debate begins approximately eight minutes into the video footage.

Judicial Appointments Made by Governor Schreiner

Chief Justice – Hans Hansen

Associate Justices of Washington County – Benjamin Jensen, Ryan Sousek, Nicholas Wulf

Associate Justice of Lincoln County – Jim Foley, Brendon Henning, J. Henry O’Neal

District Judges of Washington County – Taliesin Harrison, Nate Williamson

District Judges of Lincoln County – Aaron James Colwell, Richard Wright Jr.

General Election Results for State and County Offices


Lieutenant Governor – Doug Larsen

Secretary of State – Audel Salazar

State Treasurer – Misael Azpeitia

State Auditor – Spencer Morris

Attorney General – Koby Daniel Archuletta

Public Service Commissioners – Chris Lambrecht, Alec McCurdy, Jon Burr, Gabe Collins, Austin Pierce


County Sheriff – Blake Bunner

County Attorney – Paul Downey

County Clerk – Austin Heineman

Clerks of the District Court – John Foster, Justin Stagemeyer

County Treasurer – Ethan Hanson

State Board of Education – Nick Clayburn, Michael Echtenkamp, Josh Mooney

County Judge – Brian Vodvarka

County Superintendent of Public Instruction – Grant Beckman

Public Defender – William Justice Hastings


County Sheriff – Colton Hoover

County Attorney – Devin Schroeder

County Clerk – Andrew Pierce

Clerk of the District Court – Joshua Webb, Stuart Fritz

County Treasurer – Alex Hinton

State Board of Education – Grant Kros, Jacob McGinley, Ben Shelbourn

County Judge – John Pritchard

County Superintendent of Public Instruction – Blake Due

Public Defender – Texan Tonjee

Governor Heineman Continues Tradition

After a rousing concert performed by the Boys’ State / Girls’ State band and chorus, the honorable Governor Dave Heineman addressed a joint session of Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State. His remarks were taken quite well, noted by the recurring applause and ovations from the audience. He rallied Husker camaraderie by voicing his support and enthusiasm for this coming football season in the Big Ten Conference. In his remarks, he also noted many aspects of his job as governor, including a trip to Blair earlier today to exam potential problems that Missouri River flooding will cause. After his address, Boys’ State and Girls’ State delegates had the opportunity to ask questions, and a wide range of topics were covered, from the Keystone Pipeline to education standards, from agro-terrorism to Westboro Baptist Church pickets.

Hon. Dave Heineman addresses the delegates.

The Governor Takes a Question on Stage

A Yorktonian asks the Governor a question.

Boys’ State Governor Nick Schreiner, Nebraska American Legion Commander Ron Corbett, and Boys’ State Corporation President Col. Randy Kaliff sit and enjoy the Governor’s address.

Hon. Dave Heineman addresses the delegates.


Legislature in Session

This afternoon, the 2011 Boys’ State Unicameral met in the first floor of the HSS Dining Hall to begin debating bills. The delegates divided into committees and began reviewing the numerous bills submitted by Boys’ State delegates. Like the Boys’ State financial system, the Legislature takes advantage of a realistic, fully-electronic voting system.