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Six teenagers are running for governor in Kansas


Remember what you were doing when you were 16 years old? Probably not running for office.

Six teenagers, some as young as 16, are running to replace Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Last Summer, Jack Bergeson, a 16-year-old Democrat from Wichita decided to run after he discovered Kansas has no minimum age requirements for the governorship, according to New York Magazine.

Soon after, five of his peers also formed their own committees and entered the race.

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Another high-school student, Lucy Steyer, is running for Kansas Secretary of State.

Now, State legislators are considering a bill that would end their bids early. The proposal, which passed a House committee on Monday would set the minimum age to run for state office at 18.

Republican State Rep. Blake Carpenter introduced the bill, arguing people who are too young to vote should not be able to run for office.

“If you are an adult in the eyes of government at age 18, you can serve in the military, you can do just about anything you want,” Carpenter said, the Kansas City Star reported.

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