By Frederick Bader
HALSTEAD – From the halls of Halstead High School to the hall of the Kansas House of Representatives in six years. That’s the story of 2009 Dragon graduate Blake Carpenter, who defeated Democratic opponent Lynn Wells in the general election on Nov. 4 to win the District 81 (Derby) seat in the Kansas legislature.
A “combination of things” got Carpenter into politics. “When I turned 20 or so I started listening and getting active in politics,” Carpenter said. “About a year or two down the road, I joined the College Republicans at Wichita State University.”
The club gave him the opportunity to get a better view of politics and to meet with local political figures like U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo.
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