The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 12, 1988, Page 8, Image 8

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Brian Svoboda sits in his office at the Labor Temple, 4625 Y St.
Politics is learning values
Svoboda joins Democratic effort
By David Holloway
Staff Reporter
For Brian Svoboda, the political
system is like a hot dog.
“You have to understand the sys
tem through experience to sec how it
works,” Svoboda said. “It reminds me
of the saying, ‘everybody likes hot
dogs until they see how they are
Svoboda, a University of Ne
braska-Lincoln senior, is taking a
semester off from school to run the 1 si
Congressional District for the demo
cratic party in Nebraska. Svoboda is a
political science and Russian major.
The National Democratic and the
Michael Dukakis campaigns ap
pointed Svoboda to run the district,
which includes eastern Nebraska.
As the head of the district,
Svoboda organizes events to attract
people to the Dukakis campaign. He
arranges events for the Nebraska
State Fair. He also directs volunteers
in giving away “Dukakis for Presi
dent” stickers at Memorial Stadium
during football season.
Svoboda said he tries to make his
candidate as visible as possible. Be
cause he’s in charge of the entire
district, he promotes the democratic
ticket as a whole, not just Dukakis.
The first time Svoboda became
involved in campaign work was when
he volunteered for the democratic
campaign in Iowa from May 1987 to
February 1988.
While working in Iowa as a volun
teer he helped the field coordinator
set up meetings for Dukakis and run
some campaign events.
“A political science professor
asked me what I was planning on
doing for the summer and suggested
that I gel involved with the Iowa
campaign,” Svoboda said.
Svoboda said he has met Dukakis
and his family on several occasions.
He describes Dukakis as a ‘‘very
personable guy who is concerned
with his family and the people who
work for him.” Svoboda said he sup
ports Dukakis because he can relate to
his values, not just because he is a
One meeting Svoboda won’t for
get was with Kitty Dukakis, the
candidate’s wife. She lectured
Svoboda for skipping classes while he
was working on the campaign in
The highlight of Svoboda’s work
with the campaign was at the Demo
cratic National Convention last July
in Atlanta, where Dukakis was nomi
nated for president.
Svoboda attended as a delegate
page. He was appointed by the state
democratic chairman to be one of two
pages from Nebraska. Svoboda said
two pages from each state and more
from larger states attended the con
vention. Most of the pages were col
lege students, he said.
‘It's the idea of
public service.
While I was growing
up, my parents
exposed me to
people like Robert
Kennedy, who
stressed that indi
viduals can make a
difference. ’
“It was an interesting experience,”
he said. “I got to sec the system func
tion on an entirely different level.”
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lion dial keep Svoboda interested in
politics. In the future, he hopes to go
into some kind of public service.
Politics is an outgrowth of that idea.
“It’s really hard to say when I got
interested in politics,” Svoboda said.
“I can remember when I was little
helping my mom pass out ‘Boosalis
for Mayor’ fliers — it’s something I
have always been interested in.”
Svoboda said when he was in jun
ior high and high school, he was
always trying to get involved with
studen t government and other organi
zations. Although he was not politi
cally involved during his days at
Lincoln Northeast High School,
Svoboda said he kept up on the issues
and was always prepared for a good
While in college, he has worked
with the Helen Boosalis for governor
campaign, served as a senator in the
Association of Students of the Uni
versity of Nebraska and has been a
member of UNL’s Young Democrats.
“It’s the idea of public service,”
Svoboda said. “While I was growing
up, my parents exposed me to people
like Robert Kennedy who stressed
that individuals can make a differ
Svoboda said he is involved in the
world of politics because of the direct
benefit it has on people’s lives.
“I believe very strongly that
people should stand up for what they
believe in for their rights and their
government,” he said.
Working on different campaigns
has taught Svoboda how to deal with
“The most important thing I have
learned is to treat people how I would
want to be treated,” he said. “Espe
cially in politics where the game is
based on trying to advance yourself.’' *
Svoboda said if he were to run for
some public office later on in life, he
would “talk straight to people.”
“The one common-sense lesson I
have learned through working with
campaigns is to do what you say
you’re going to do,” Svoboda said.
“1 his is the one value I would try to
emulate most importantly if I were to
run for office.”
Svoboda said a good politician has
to set values to succeed in politics.
“I think this is kind of rare in
politics on all levels,” he said. “Poll
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while dealing with the system.”
Svoboda said he docs not enjoy
working with people who do not share
the values he feels are necessary to
have as a politician.
“I have had a number of experi
ences throughout all different levels
of politics,” he said. “It happens in all
levels of politics, but you don’t see it
unless you arc very involved.”
Being a good politician is not so
much the understanding of the sys
tem, but it is the learning of values, he !
.Svoboda said that if he could
change politics today, he would want
to direct it less toward the media and
more toward the grass-roots level.
“I like it when a presidential candi
date has to campaign with the same
intensity as a county commissioner
would,” he said. “It makes it less
dependent on slogans like ‘George
was there’ and more of die character
of the individual.”
Working on campaigns has made
S voboda more determ ined to stand up
for what he believes in.
Svoboda said he has a lot to do for
the campaign, but still has a lot to
learn. He said that after the November
elections, he plans to go back to
school, get his degree and go to gradu
ate school.
‘‘Win or lose, I still believe people
should stand up for what they believe j
in,” he said. ‘‘There will be more
campaigns in 1990 and 1992, and I
will probably be there, but for now I
just want my degree.”