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A sixteen-year-old boy, Jack Bergeson from Wichita high school plans to run for Kansas Governor in 2018, despite being unable to vote.
He hope his Democratic nomination bid will inspire young people to get involve in politics and vote.
According to Bergeson, he had always being interest in politics because he wants to help people. His classmate, Alexander Cline, 17, will be his running mate and would serve as lieutenant governor if the two won.
Bergeson appeared on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ via video on Wednesday night, to tout his bid for Kansas Governor. He highlighted that he noticed that politics is degenerating in the country and the younger generation need to do something about it.
Under Kansas Law, there is no restriction whatsoever on the qualification for the governor. So technically,
anyone can run for Governor in Kansas.
According to Secretary of State’s website, other states has a minimum age for governor which is 30 years old.
Upon finding that loop-hole, the first thing that came to Bergeson’s mind is, “Oh, I could do that.”
If all goes well, he will be competing against declared “heavy-weight” Democratic candidates including former state Secretary of Agriculture Josh Svaty, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Arden Andersen, an Olathe doctor.
The teenagers’ wants to radically change the health card system and support the legalization of marijuana
for medical purposes. He is also open to exploring legalization for recreational use.
Wish him best of luck.