Representative Paul Davis,University alumnus and theKansas House minority leader,announced in mid-Septemberhis bid to run as the Democraticnominee in the 2014 gubernato-rial race. Immediately aer theannouncement, some University students sought ways to contrib-ute to his campaign.Alex Montgomery, a juniorrom Overland Park, was dis-satised with Kansas’ economicpolicy, especially in the area o education. He believes a Davis victory would reverse decreasesin the state’s education budget.“For a long time I’ve seenKansas head in a direction that Idon’t necessarily want it to go in,”Montgomery said. “I’m a personthat when I see something thatneeds to be xed I look how tox it.”Aer contacting the Daviscampaign, Montgomery quickly received a reply asking when hewas available to help. Montgom-ery now volunteers twice a week with the campaign.Brittany Bodenheimer, a resh-man rom opeka, said initially she was only on the campaign’semail list, but when the cam-paign said it was looking or volunteers, she quickly signedup. She now volunteers with thecampaign once a week.Since it is early in the cam-paign, the tasks Montgomery and Bodenheimer are assigned vary. Te tasks range rom callingsupporters, addressing letters andany other tasks the rest o thecampaign staf needs help with.Montgomery and Bodenheimershare a sense o motivation andexcitement or the campaign.Tese are sentiments that ylerLongpine, eld director or theDavis campaign, says are com-mon among volunteers.“We’ve had a lot o early enthu-siasm rom volunteers,” Longpinesaid. “Tat’s been our primary ocus right now, just ollowingup with volunteers, organizing volunteers and getting theminvolved with the campaign.”Longpine sees volunteers as in- valuable to the overall campaignbecause, “there will be a lot o work to turn the state aroundand volunteers will play a very large role in that.”University proessor BurdettLoomis, who specializes inAmerican politics, believes oneo the best ways to learn aboutpolitics is to become involvedwith a campaign.“Win or lose you learn a lot,”Loomis said. “And you see i youhave a taste or it and you’ll alsobe doing something good.”
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