Three teenagers are currently running for governor in Kansas after a third threw his hat into the ring Thursday.
Ethan Randleas, 17, decided to join the race with two other students — Jack Bergeson, 16, and Tyler Ruzich, 17 — since there are no age limitations to become a Kansas governor, the Kansas City Star reported.
“Under Kansas law, there is no law governing the qualifications for governor, not one,” said Bryan Caskey, director of elections at the Kansas secretary of state’s office. “So there’s seriously nothing on the books that lays out anything, no age, no residency, no experience. Nothing.”
Randleas calls himself a “conservatarian,” a portmanteau of conservative and libertarian.
“We just had a president win on the campaign promise of draining the swamp,” Randleas said. “And if you really want to drain the swamp, you know, you get the complete outsiders and that’s what I am.”
Randleas even joked to reporters that he should put his dog on the ballot, ostensibly as hyperbole to prove that Kansas should have stricter regulations.
“Maybe it’s 18 [years old], but just some way to make sure we don’t have like a dog run,” Randleas said Thursday, according to the Star. “Because I’m sure someone’s going to think about it and be like, ‘Well, you know, might be funny to have my dog run. I’m going to have my dog run for governor.’ And they’ll fork over $2,000 to get it on the primary ballot as a joke.”
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