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Donkeys and elephants in tandem, former legislative candidate promoting unity

January 10, 2019

Don Schuller of Wymore is a “let’s all work together” kind of guy.

He ran for the Legislature in 2018 against Myron Dorn in District 30 and was defeated. But he wasn’t ready to give up on the ideas he promoted in his campaign about Nebraska’s unicameral Legislature and its nonpartisan nature.

So he has taken an emblem he had created for his campaign — Republicans and Democrats working together — and is continuing to encourage unity.

After the election, on his Facebook page, he said the campaign was a great experience and then asked voters to support Dorn.

“It does no good to be bitter,” he said. “I will be visiting with Myron to share what was expressed to me in the campaign and what I would like to see happen in the Legislature.”

During the campaign, he had talked to his campaign consultants, Brandon Bayer and manager Nick Martinez, about creating an emblem of a donkey and elephant working together to pull a wagon, shaped like Nebraska.

It was a morale builder, he said. He put the image on buttons to express to voters that party doesn’t matter, and got a lot of comments on them.

Both parties need to work together to go forward, Schuller said after the election. If the team isn’t working together then the wagon doesn’t go anywhere.

“I’m a strong believer in that. I’m an independent thinker,” he said. “I’m a registered Democrat but I still believe in doing what’s best for the people. And I know that’s what the intent of the unicameral is.”

In the past few years, the country has been divided, he said. This emblem could portray an attitude of working together.

“So many people are tired of the hate that has come about between the parties, and I think this is a positive note and something with a better attitude,” he said.

He even had an appreciation dinner after the election so that candidates could talk about their campaign experiences.

From here, Schuller is interested in getting his design on a license plate, he said.

“Rather than an ear of corn or a mountain lion, let’s represent our unicameral. It’s the only one in the country,” he said.

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