Indy, La Porte delegates running for Boys State governor

June 13 2006

High School students from Indianapolis and La Porte are squaring off for governor of Hoosier Boys State, where campaigns are run with lightning speed.

Darrell Comer Jr. emerged from a crowded field of 15 candidates as the nominee of the Nationalist Party, while Ian Laue defeated seven other candidates in Tuesday's primary balloting to capture the Federalist Party's nomination.

Comer, a student at North Central High School in Indianapolis, and Laue, who attends La Porte High School, will debate at 10 a.m. Wednesday (June 14). Voting by more than 600 Boys State delegates will begin immediately following the debate. Election results are expected by mid-afternoon Wednesday and the 69th Hoosier Boys State governor will be sworn in at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the American Legion, Boys State is a week-long event which provides hands-on experience in the operation of American government and education in political party organization.

During the week, boys are assigned to either the Nationalist or Federalist parties and take part in the creation of a mythical 51st state. Through the exercise, Boys State delegates learn about various facets of the political system, such as selecting a precinct committeeman, drawing up a platform, adopting caucus rules and selecting nominees and voting for governor and other state and local offices.

This marks the 36th year that Indiana State University has hosted Hoosier Boys State. More than 60,000 young men throughout the state have participated in the Boys State school of government and practical politics since 1937.

The New Hoosier Boys State governor will represent Indiana at Boys Nation next month in Arlington, Va.

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Contact: Bill Jackson, director, Hoosier Boys State, (812) 237-8181 or jacksonb@greenwood.in.gov

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Darrell Comer Jr., a student at North Central High School in Indianapolis, and Ian Laue, who attends La Porte High School, are running for governor of the 69th Hoosier Boys State, being held on the ISU campus

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