The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 27, 1998, Page 3, Image 3

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devote time
to campaigns
CAMPAIGNS from page 1
Students also can volunteer to walk
precincts, Klein said. Precinct-walking
entails walking through neighborhoods
and placing leaflets on doors.
“We always need as many volun
teers as we can get,” Klein said.
“Students are the ones that pull through
'for us.”
Josh Moenning, a junior advertis
ing and political science major and a
volunteer for the Johanns campaign,
said many students volunteer because
they have an interest or past involve
ment in politics.
“My dad’s a pretty strong
■ Republican,” Moenning said. “It
rlibbed off.”
Jensen said he enjoys political work
because he can follow the action of state
“I love being involved in the fight
all day long, every day,” Jensen said.
“The time I spend here is well worth it”
Jensen said volunteering does
require a lot of time. It also pays little
money, if any, he said.
“But no one does this job for the
money” Jensen said.
Hal Hansen, a sophomore history
major and field coordinator for the
I Hoppner campaign, agreed.
“Working on a campaign is a finan
cial strain,” Hansen said. “You don’t
make much money for the work that
you do.”
Hansen said the 70 hours or more
per week and the “nitty gritty” field
work have become more of a burden
that he expected.
Because of his commitment to the
Hoppner campaign, Hansen had to cut
down on the number of credit hours he
was taking this semester.
“It’s a sacrifice to take time out of
school,” Hansen said. “But I diink Bill
is such an exceptional candidate that I
am willing to make that sacrifice.”
However, all students are not will
ing to make the same sacrifice.
Moenning said he originally began
volunteering for the Johanns campaign
because he wanted to see a Republican
in the Governor’s Mansion.
However, between school and a
part-time job, Moenning hasn’t had the
time to be politically active.
“I’m on the volunteer list, but I
haven’t been active,” Moenning said.
“They haven’t called me, and I haven’t
called them.”
Triebsch said the Johanns cam
paign has a large pool of volunteers.
Not all volunteers are needed at any
given time, he said.
Student-organized political groups
also are working with their respective
UNL College Republicans Vice
President Ben Patton said earlier in the
year the organization invited Johanns to
speak about his vision for the state.
As an organization, members of
College Republicans decided to do
whatever they could do to elect Johanns
into office. Students are volunteering
with the campaign on an individual
basis, he said, though be is not
Jensen, who also is the president of
the UNL Young Democrats, said the
group helped with a university wide
voter legislation drive Oct 5. The orga
nization also has been having public
- office candidates come speak during
meetings, he said.
Both student organizations said
their long, hard work and dedication to
the campaigns will pay off Nov. 3 after
polls are closed and ballots are counted
“Unlike flipping burgers, you are
doing something that matters,” Hansen
said “At the end of the election you see
the benefits. You have made a differ
ence in people’s lives.”
Klein and Triebsch said students
who are interested in volunteering on a
campaign should contact their local
campaign party office.
“Students should get involved in
campaigns because we are the future of
the political system,” Moenning said
“We are the next generation of
Nebraskan politics.”
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