Samuel B. Waltemyer was born in October of 2000 in York County, Pennsylvania. As an only child Sam learned of the importance of self values and the importance of individual freedoms and independence in one's own life. Sam also places a high importance on the public programs our government offers. Growing up in, and continuing to support the York County Library system with countless hours visiting and volunteering hours.
Early on Sam found comfort fulfilling leadership roles and had an early interest in politics. With that in mind, it is no real surprise that in his freshman year at the York County School of Technology during the 2016 Presidential election, Sam found himself wrapped up in the world of politics yet again. One of his friends who attended York Tech for the Information Technology program created a poster similar to that of President Obama's "Hope" poster using a photo of Sam's. "If you add my name to the bottom," Sam told him, "I'll run for president." Poster in hand, Sam quickly found the first year he would be Constitutionally eligible to run for president of the United States- in 2036.
Shortly after the announcement of his candidacy at his school, Sam began a Facebook page (and later a Twitter and website) declaring his political intentions. However, Sam's 2036 presidential candidacy wasn't always the serious matter it is now. After publishing a 'letter to the editor' of his local newspaper with a link to his Facebook page, York Daily Record columnist Mike Argento requested an interview with Sam. Even at that point, Sam knew the campaign had begun as a joke, but recognized the changing point and the hope his campaign had for the future.
Sam was the President of the class of 2019 at the York County School of Technology, while studying Early Childhood Education. Watch his graduation speech here.
This fall he will attend Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana for elementary education.
Sam currently resides in Red Lion, Pennsylvania.