"It was fantastic," he said, adding that he fell asleep while waiting for his food.
But "Southridge was considerably farther [from the Capitol] than I thought it was," he said.
Eplin has never run for office before, but is active in West Virginia Young Democrats and Young Democrats of America, he said.
Generations of his family have worked in coal mines.
"A big issue for me is economic diversification in the coalfields," he said.
Eplin also studies political science and business administration at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Logan.
The 19th District has four seats, and eight people, including Eplin, have filed to run so far. The filing period ends Jan. 30.
Reach Alison Knezevich at alis...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.