Gubernatorial Candidates File for Ballot

Earlier this evening, sixteen boys came forward with the backing of their parties and towns and formally announced their interest in running for state governor by filing for the ballot. Each boy will campaign for their party’s vote until the Thursday gubernatorial primary, at which point one boy will represent each party, and they will have just one more day to campaign to the whole delegation of Cornhusker Boys’ State. After an hour and a half debate Friday morning, the vote will take place, leaving only one boy to become Boys’ State Governor 2010-2011. Here are the candidates.

Nationalist Party:

Nick Gabriel, Bunker Hill

Andrew Prystai, Valley Forge

Cody Lindley, Yorktown

Logan Baker, Gettysburg

Taylor James, Alamo

Jake Nelson, Manila Bay

Daniel Carlson, Bataan

Steven Craig, Belleau Wood

Federalist Party:

Peter Lopez, Bunker Hill

Nick "Nickit" Schreiner, Yorktown

Ben Crelin, Gettysburg

AJ Braband, Alamo

Taylor Menke, Manila Bay

Alejandro Ramirez, Manila Bay

Evan Bartels, Bataan

Brennan Costello, Belleau Wood

From the Governor’s Desk: Monday

Hello once again! As we begin to wind down here on Monday night, there are still a few key things that need to get accomplished. We have our platform meetings and then I will be interviewing and appointing people to positions in the Judicial Branch.

The party platform meetings are very important. Last year when I participated in the meeting, we outlined a platform that the candidates used later in the week in their campaigns and speaking points. It’s important that you create a favorable platform that is well-liked and not too specific so that it is easy to support when going up against the opposing party. You have to remember, it is fairly important that you support your party as much as possible.

On a lighter note, today you all had the amazing opportunity to hear from JoAnne Owens-Nauslar. She is an outstanding and unbelievably motivating person. Do not take lightly the things she had to say. Hopefully you took notes!

As you all prepare to transition into tomorrow (a very important day for campaigners) think about what roles you can play in someone’s campaign. If you are not running for a state office, consider helping someone and being their campaign manager or something similar. I know that I wouldn’t have had a chance at winning the election had it not been for my good friend Wyn Wiley last year who believed in me from day one. He headed up my campaign and as a result, freed me up to meet people and campaign in person the entire time.

Maybe your job this week is to be someone’s Wyn Wiley. Maybe it isn’t. Whatever your goals and aspirations are this week, enjoy them and give them your all. This week will be over before you know it and you don’t want to leave with any regrets.

Oh by the way, last year as a “Boys Stater” I discovered that if you fill a cup with ice cream and milk at lunch, all you need to do before having a quality milkshake at your disposal is stir it up with some sort of utensil (I prefer forks).

Jim Hrouda, Mayor of Hickman, Speaks to Delegates

Mayor Jim Hrouda of Hickman

Earlier this morning, the Mayor of Hickman, Nebraska, Jim Hrouda, spoke to delegates who won city offices last night. He spoke of many things, including the ups and downs, of the position as mayor and the role and action of city governments. Newspaper reporter Jeff Story of Manila Bay wrote an article to be published in the Tuesday edition of the Boys’ State Bulletin.

“Hickman Mayor Provides Insight for Mayors/Councils”

Jeff Story, Manila Bay

What could possibly be interesting about the job as mayor of Hickman? The town of just over 1,000 inhabitants has been noted as one of the fastest growing communities in Nebraska, and Mayor Jim Hrouda has been at the helm for about eight years.  He spoke for over an hour to the Boys Staters about the job he serves and about city government in general.

Hickman is inevitably a city on the rise. Because of the southerly growth of Lincoln, the town continues to add more and more residents every year. Hrouda notes that being able to serve such an up-and-coming town is a privilege. Every day he is stopped while doing activities, such as mowing the lawn or driving around town, to answer questions and take comments from Hickman’s citizens. Even though those times aren’t always convenient, Hrouda believes that overall the job is a rewarding one. The mayor takes on that job as well as works at the bank in town. Per month, the mayor estimates that he spends around twenty hours working for the city.

There are also times when being mayor is not the most glamorous title. Two examples were given on certain occasions when Hrouda had to fight some stiff opposition. Most notably was the conflict regarding the horse, Peter Rabbit, owned by citizen Harley Scott.  When the town annexed a portion of land, Scott’s land was included in that section. There, the elderly horse was housed its whole life, and he refused to remove the beloved Peter Rabbit.  It’s going to die anyway soon, so why move it? News from Omaha and Lincoln covered the scuffle in great detail, and it took way longer than it should have taken to be resolved. In the end, it was ruled that the horse would be moved four miles to escape the new city limits. Moments like these are negative aspects of his generally positive job.

Hrouda has many high hopes for his city in the next ten years, including the construction of a viaduct and new community buildings. Many towns in Nebraska have similar issues as Hickman, and today’s session was an inside look on how things actually work.  Hopefully our mayors took some notes on how to lead our towns to the highest potential!

Lawyer Andrew Loudon Speaks to Delegates

Andrew Loudon speaking to delegates

Lawyer Andrew Loudon of Lincoln spoke earlier today to Boys’ State delegates interested in positions as judges, city attorneys, and attorney general. Below is an article that Kyle Cerny of Belleau Wood wrote after attending the event.

“State Court System and Civil vs. Criminal”

Kyle Cerny, Belleau Wood

COUNTY COURT SYSTEMS

The county court systems in Nebraska handle misdemeanors, traffic violations, civil cases involving $51,000 or less, small claim cases, and juvenile matters. Nebraska has juvenile matters handled in county courts, with the exception of Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy counties. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Courts consist of 7 judges with power over all suits on workers’ compensation benefits from being hurt on the job.

CIVIL VS. CRIMINAL

All legal matters in Nebraska courts are filed as being civil or criminal in nature. Civil cases are battles between private citizens, corporations, government groups, or other organazations. Civil cases may involve property or personal rights. Here are some examples: landlord/tenant disputes, auto accidents, warranty breach, adoption cases, divorce, liability suits, etc. In a civil suit, the plaintiff (group bringing action) must prove his or her case by producing evidence to convince the judge or jury against the defendant (opposing party). In criminal cases the state brings the case against individuals or groups accused of committing a crime. The state then initiates charges. The prosecuting attorney files charges against the defendant on behalf of the state. The prosecution must prove to the judge that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt because it is better to let a guilty person go free than to let an innocent man go to jail.