Last Second Campaigns
Time is running out for candidates across the state to make their cases to voters. Government hopefuls, campaign managers, and volunteers are putting together a big push to get their supporters out to the polls. Field Director for Senate candidate Ben Sasse, Ryan Broker thinks talking people on their doorstep gives them a more personal touch. “To talk about their concerns for what they like to see in a candidate and sharing these ways that candidate fills that need makes a huge difference,” said Broker. Broker doesn’t knock at random. He has collected data of which neighborhoods are most likely to vote. Not everyone has time to see a campaign speech. Volunteers hand out pamphlets to make sure potential voters have something in their hand before they head to the polls. In close elections Broker believes volunteers can help someone win a race. “They have their perspective that other voters are hearing about why somebody would volunteer for a campaign if they weren’t passionate about that person,” said Broker. One of those volunteers is Kearney high senior Marilyn Synek, she heard Sasse speak this summer and wanted to work for him after he announced he was going for senate. Synek quit the track team so she could help campaign for Sasse. The senior is very excited she could make a difference in the tight republican primary. “It’s pretty mind boggling when you think; I’m just a senior in high school that Ben could win cause of me. It’s just so neat to think about I could help Ben Sasse and become senator,” said Synek. She hopes to work professionally in campaigns one day.