Kase Poling is running for house delegate in West Virginia. Kase is a graduate student in VCEMP and working in our lab group. His research is about how geographic location and experiences of a natural disaster affect temporal discounting of perceived risks relating to climate change.
Kase explains why he is running for house delegate:
I have always had a passion for public service. Four years ago, with my goal of running for public office in mind, I chose to pursue studies in civil engineering. I wanted to enhance my knowledge of infrastructure and improve my ability to solve complex problems. Many people worry I’m too young to run for the House of Delegates, but I say I have the drive and energy to make West Virginia a better place to live and work. I’m tired of seeing my fellow West Virginians flee to surrounding states to find jobs. When I ask my peers at WVU, Marshall, and other West Virginia universities what their plans are when they graduate, it rarely involves staying in the Mountain State. I love West Virginia; it's my home, and I want to see it thrive. That’s why I’m running.