One of them is Aaron Coleman (17) with no prior experience in politics who filed nominations last July to run for governor in Kansas - the child was not eligible to vote in last elections.
Kansas in United States has no minimum age limits to run for office. The loophole in law is now being exploited by six teenagers who have filed nominations to run for Governor in the November 2018 elections – they are not even old enugh to vote yet!. One of them is Aaron Coleman (17) with no prior experience in politics who filed nominations last July to run for governor in Kansas – the child was not eligible to vote in last elections. Bizzare, as it may sound, but five other teenagers – Joseph Tutera Jr., Tyler Ruzich, Dominic Scavuzzo, Ethan Randleas and Jack Bergeson submitted paperwork with Kansas Government Ethics Commission. As news spread, state lawmakers are in a fix. Now, they are planning to introduce two rules: you have to be eligible to vote in the state and have to be a resident of the state for four years at least.
But the bill introduced in the Kansas House will not take effect till January 2019 and by then the six teenagers running for governor could be elected and have a seat the the house. Jack Bergeson, running as a Democrat, says he is aiming at reforming the minimum wage law and legalising marijuana too. Dominic Scavuzzo also feels that raising the bar of minimum wage is a positive move but is very much serious about his run for the office. Tyler Ruzich who is high school student at the Shawnee Mission North High School west of Kansas City, he is running as a Republican, says that youths are not allowed to speak in major debates and feels their opinions matter.
The youngest of the six teenagers is Joseph Tutera Jr (16) who is running as a Republican and hopes to share office with veteran politicians like Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Tutera feels that voice of the youth must be heard as they have good ideas. All six teenagers are equally serious about running for office as they feel they can make a difference. Kansas along with Vermont and Massachusetts do not have a minimum age limit for running for political office.