Wichita teens launch bid for Kansas governor's office - KCTV5

Wichita teens launch bid for Kansas governor's office

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Jack Bergeson and Alexander Cline. (Photos submitted) Jack Bergeson and Alexander Cline. (Photos submitted)
TOPEKA, KS (WIBW) -

(WIBW) - He's not even old enough to vote, but it won't stop one Wichita teenager from trying to win votes for the state's highest office.

Jack Bergeson, 16, launched a bid Monday to become the next Kansas Governor.

Bergeson will be a junior at Wichita Independent School. He describes himself as a "Bernie Sanders-style left wing Democrat/Progressive."

Classmate Alexander Cline, 17, is his running mate. The pair plan to focus on economic issues.

On their campaign web site, Bergeson wrote that people had suggested he run for political office later in life, but he did not want to wait to try to help his state.

"We do not see youth as a disadvantage in this competitive campaign, but as a strength," their web site reads. "As someone new to the political scene, we will not be afraid to try new solutions to old problems."

Kansas has no minimum age requirement to serve as governor.

Bergeson joins a Democratic field that already includes former Wichita mayor Carl Brewer and former state representative Josh Svaty. For the Republicans, insurance commissioner Ken Selzer announced Monday that he would join Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, former state senator Jim Barnett and Wichita businessman Wink Hartman in seeking the nomination.

Gov. Sam Brownback is prevented by term limits from running again. However, he is in line for an ambassadorship with the Trump administration. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who will finish out the term, had not officially said whether he will seek election to a full term.

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