Lawmakers in Kansas are scrambling to change the rules about what it takes to run for governor -- or maybe I should say, they're scrambling to actually HAVE rules....because up until this point, they haven't had any. There's no minimum age, no required experience, nothing.
So naturally, six teenagers have entered the 2018 race.
To vote in Kansas you must:— Maggie Jordan: (@MaggieJordanACN) February 11, 2018
- Be 18
- Show photo ID at your polling place
- Show proof of US citizenship when you register
If you want to run for Gov:
No age minimum, no residency, no experience.
So 6 teens have entered the Gov’s racehttps://t.co/UBhf1wE7sS
kansas has no age limit for running for governor, so i am announcing that i am running for governor of kansas— me (@thirdiceclimber) February 13, 2018
17-year-old Jack Bergeson was the first to announce his candidacy in the race. He calls himself an anti-establishment candidate, and is pursuing the Democratic nomination. Bergeson is advocating for a $12 minimum wage, the legalization of medical marijuana, and high-speed rail for major cities in the region.
I do hate to do this, as I have already announced we are now taking donations. But, I do ask our supporters to consider donating if they can. Our campaign of the people needs funds from ordinary Kansans in order to fight for Kansas! #FeelTheBerghttps://t.co/iQTie5l5rH— Jack Bergeson (@votebergeson18) January 29, 2018
Five other teens have thrown their hat in the ring since, ranging from 16-18 in age.
You can learn more about them below.
“I’m not a career politician,” said Ethan Randleas, 18, one of six teenagers running for governor of Kansas https://t.co/r0m93vidun— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 9, 2018
What do you think? Would you vote for one of these teenagers?
I would love it if the next Governor of Kansas was a teenager. They can't possibly do a worse job than many adults who've been elected. Good luck, boys. Make yer mama's proud! https://t.co/Im9n27b4pX— BSwitch (@BSwitchCTR) February 12, 2018
Let’s help @votebergeson18 win the democratic nomination for Kansas governor. He’s an intelligent teenager who realized the corrupt Kansas @GOP politicians didn’t have age requirements for governor. So, he’s running to their dismay! Donate to his campaign! https://t.co/BrPDCTCJGH— D1 (@DCdem1163) February 10, 2018
Kansas Scrambles To Change Rules After 6 Teens Enter Governor's Race https://t.co/O0RAg8l2T0— NPR (@NPR) February 9, 2018