BRITT | West Hancock High School student Dalton Subject was elected state auditor by the nearly 500 delegates at Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State last month.
Only seven of the delegates were elected to state office during the week-long experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government.
Boys State includes elections on the city, county and state level.
There were four counties and 12 cities in Boys State.
Bryce Baker, the other West Hancock student attending Boys State, was elected mayor of his city.
Subject and Baker will be seniors this fall.
Each delegate is selected for Boys State by his local American Legion.
"I got to meet a lot of great people," including the counselors and the other delegates, Subject said.
There were seven offices at the state level -- governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, secretary of agriculture, and treasurer.
Primary elections were held first, followed by the general election.
Subject said he ran for state auditor because he wants to be an accountant someday.
Candidates had to campaign. There's lots of ways to do this, including posters.
Subject concentrated on talking to the other Boys State delegates to convince them to vote for him.
"I felt it was more face-to-face contact with the other people that helped me out," he said.
Part of his campaign pitch was his experience. He's done job shadowing at Renner & Birchem PC, a tax preparation firm in Britt.
After the election, each state officer appointed other delegates as advisers.
During Boys State, the delegates stayed at the barracks at Camp Dodge near Des Moines.
Activities during Boys State included ceremonies and assemblies as well as marching and pageantry.
Guest speakers and Iowa government leaders attend each year to offer their vision and advice.
Daily flag raising and lowering ceremonies are conducted at Boys State.
"Overall it was just a great time," Subject said.