Gage Payne, 17, will vote for the first time in November. He is a student at Effingham High School and wants to be a emergency medical technician after graduation. He is employed at Panda Express in Effingham.
With his limited life experiences, Payne said his beliefs line up with Libertarian-Republican.
Payne said while there needs to be some government involvement in business by setting regulations, but not too involved.
Payne said most of his viewpoints come from seeing what's going on around the area. He hopes to join forces with his older brother and start a recreational business offering activities such as laser tag for young people.
He intends to get licensed to be an EMT first, before working while continuing on in college to obtain a business degree.
-- Dawn Schabbing