Corey Anglemyer, a Fort Hays State University senior and Winfield native, is spending his summer and fall working on the re-election campaign of his former high school debate coach, Rep. Ed Trimmer (D-Winfield).
"I was in a campaign management seminar class and when I heard he was running for re-election, I called to ask if I could help and he said yes," Anglemyer said.
For now, Anglemyer is stuffing envelopes, but soon he will "coordinate volunteers, get us in parades, plan a public events schedule, do things that will make Ed more visible," he said.
The biggest challenge Anglemyer faces is inexperience -- neither he nor Trimmer have been part of a campaign before. Trimmer entered the Legislature to fill the seat left open when Rep. Judy Showalter (D-Winfield) died last year of abdominal cancer. The closest Anglemyer has come is class projects, which he has found to be good guides for "real-world" situations.
"We need to decide how to deal with our opponent and how to handle any arguments he or she may make against us," said Anglemyer.
Anglemyer became interested in politics while taking an American government class during his junior year of high school, and he is enjoying this experience.
"It's great spending time with Ed. He's a fun guy to be around," he said.
While campaigning for himself in the future is uncertain, Anglemyer hopes to make a career out of campaign management. "If I do run, it would be far into the future," he said.