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Service-learning experience taps into young politician's passion

| Jessica Wicklund

Not only does senior Benjamin Kapsner have an itch for graduation, but also politics.

With presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton recently calling Eau Claire home for a weekend in April, Benjamin has been engaged and excited about the run for the White House.

“It is important to understand what is going on in the political world. As the parties continue to polarize, politics are becoming a more intense topic of conversation than ever before,” Kapsner said.

Fascinated by grassroots campaigns and inspired by volunteering, this collegiate DECA chapter president and Minnesota Twins fan completed his service-learning graduation requirement by tapping into one of his passions.

Benjamin represented the UW-Eau Claire student body as a political activist for the Republican Party of Eau Claire County (RPECC).

The Republican-based organization strives to “build on the Wisconsin state motto, Forward, as well as strengthen and revitalize the core values of America.”

His primary duties included calling national registered Republican Party members and encourage active participation in local and presidential elections.

“No matter what you do, you can find something impactful if you get out and volunteer in your community. Whatever you so choose to dedicate your time to, you will always learn something along the way.”

Benjamin’s service-learning experience instilled a deeper connection to the county of Eau Claire, and it gave him a behind-the-scenes look at the activities, which inspired him to consider running for public office in the future.