American students are stepping up and speaking out against the limits of a two-party system, student loans, marijuana laws, immigration and gun control. In Kansas, six high-school students are taking it a step further: They are running for governor.
And it’s no joke.
Kansas state law does not have a minimum age requirement to run for governor. Over the past year, six native Kansan teens declared their candidacy. And these teenagers are grounded, motivated, realistic, and ready for change.
Of course, there are a number of adult, seasoned politicians running for governor. A state senator and state representative are among the handful of Democrats competing in the August primary. On the Republican side, incumbent Jeff Colyer, who took office when former governor Sam Brownback was appointed Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom by President Donald Trump, will run to serve a full term. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is widely seen as the front-runner in the race.
But the teenage candidates, who make up roughly one-third of all the candidates running in the primaries, are fighting against party leadership to uplift the voice of the generation.
Listen to what they have to say here.