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Niles student creating his own political buttons for Tim Ryan campaign

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Mason St. Clair Mason St. Clair
NILES, Ohio -

A Niles student's hobby has turned into a business.

Mason St. Clair is a student at Niles McKinley and has collected political buttons for the last five years.

St. Clair's first button was given to him by his mother - a Ross Perot button that had belonged to his grandfather.

Most kids his age would have found it boring but it has had a profound impact on Mason.

St. Clair began to collect political buttons, buying his second button, an Obama Biden button, at the Canfield fair.

He continues to hunt for more buttons at antique stores and flea markets and has joined the American Political Items Collectors.

St. Clair is one of the youngest members of the organization and works to locate and preserve campaign items.

In 2018, he started making his own buttons for local politicians including Valley native Tim Ryan.

St. Clair uses design apps and other programs to make his buttons and uses a machine to assemble them.

He sells the buttons for $3.00 each and was at the Trumbull County Democratic Party headquarters selling his buttons Thursday night.

During his spare time, St. Clair donates his time to local campaigns and is looking forward to 2020, the first year he is old enough to vote.

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