US Teenagers Seeking Election as State Governor
At least four teenagers have launched campaigns for governor in two American states.
The young people have declared their candidacy in states that do not have age requirements to serve as governor.
Ethan Randleas is a 17-year-old from Wichita, Kansas. He was the most recent teenager to announce his candidacy. He wants to represent the Republican Party in the state's 2018 gubernatorial elections.
Two other Kansas teenagers have also launched campaigns. They are 17-year-old Republican Tyler Ruzich, of Prairie Village, and 16-year-old Jack Bergeson of Wichita. Bergeson wants to be the Democratic Party's nominee.
It is ironic that some of the candidates will not be able to vote for themselves because they must be 18 years old to vote.
The current Kansas governor is Sam Brownback, who has served two four-year terms. State law prevents governors from serving more than two back-to-back terms. Other, non-teenage candidates are also hoping to be elected governor.
Kansas officials say the state has no legal requirements for the office. "There's nothing in the law – there's no age, no citizenship, no residency, no nothing," the state's director of elections, Bryan Caskey told the The Hutchinson News.
Candidates only have to pay a small amount of money to get their name on the ballot. Ethan Randleas has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money. He says he will need to raise $2,300 by June 2018 to be put on the Republican primary ballot.
Randleas calls himself a "conservatarian," which he described as someone who supports a combination of conservative and libertarian values.
"We just had a president win on the campaign promise of draining the swamp," he told the Kansas City Star newspaper. "And if you really want to drain the swamp, you get the complete outsiders, and that's what I am."
Randleas also said he generally believes that the government should stay out of anything that does not involve the protection of life, liberty or property.
Jack Bergeson says he has been interested in the political process for as long as he can remember. But he decided to enter politics himself after watching Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination last year. The teenager describes himself as "a Bernie Sanders-style left-wing Democrat/Progressive."
Like Sanders, Bergeson has campaigned for a higher minimum wage. He also supports reduced taxes for poor families, pay increases for teachers and the legalization of marijuana.
The third teen candidate in Kansas, Tyler Ruzich, says he decided to run after Bergeson announced his candidacy.
"I thought that was just so cool that someone my age was doing that," Ruzich told the Kansas City Star. "He really started to tell me, well, why aren't you throwing your hat in the race?"
Since the parties have yet to nominate candidates, it is possible Kansas voters could be choosing between two teenagers next year.
On the East Coast, 13-year-old Ethan Sonneborn has launched a campaign for governor in Vermont. He sent out his own press release announcing the move. Sonneborn has repeatedly answered questions with interested media.
"I'd rather lose a fight with a lot of visibility than lose a fight quietly," he told the Burlington Free Press.
On his Facebook page, Sonneborn talks about what he considers the main issues in his campaign. These include support for rebuilding infrastructure across Vermont and lowering taxes on the middle class. He also said he is "proud to be the most pro-choice, pro-gender equality candidate."
Sonneborn told the Free Press that local Democratic Party officials have been slow to take him seriously. He also admitted it will be difficult trying to travel around the state while still attending school.
But in the end, he said, he believes many of the state's voters will see his age as a good thing, and give him their votes.
I'm Bryan Lynn.
1.At least 至少
He's been away for at least a week.
2.serve as 担任
He volunteered to serve as the manager of our department store.
3.legal requirements 法律要求
Legal requirements that may be different in various countries or regions.
4.raise money 募集资金
Every year we have charity days to raise money for unfortunate people.
5.Sonneborn told the Free Press that local Democratic Party officials have been slow to take him seriously.
take seriously 严肃对待...
I believe you will take seriously my advice into account.
This problem behoove causes the height of leaders of all levels to take seriously.
6.He sent out his own press release announcing the move. Sonneborn has repeatedly answered questions with interested media.
sent out 发送；寄出
They sent out questionnaires to 100 schools countrywide.
Hundreds of invitations are being sent out this week.
近日，堪萨斯州威奇托市17岁的伊桑（Ethan Randleas）刚刚宣布参选 。他想代表共和党参加2018年的州长选举 。
堪萨斯州还有两名青少年宣布参选 。他们分别是普雷里村17岁的泰勒（Tyler Ruzich）和威奇托市16岁的杰克（Jack Bergeson） 。杰克想要代表民主党参选 。
堪萨斯州现任州长萨姆·布朗巴克（Sam Brownback）已连任2个任期（8年） 。而该州法律规定州长不能连任超过两届 。此外，其他一些候选人也希望竞选州长 。
堪萨斯州的官员表示，州长一职没有严格限制 。堪萨斯州的选举主任布莱恩（Bryan Caskey）向哈金森新闻表示，“在年龄、国籍、住址等方面均没有相关的法律要求” 。
候选人只需缴纳少量资金参加评选即可 。伊桑已经发起了“Go Fund Me”活动来募集资金 。如果在2018年6月前筹集2300美元，他才能在共和党初选中获得选票 。
他告诉《堪萨斯城明星报》，“我们刚刚有一位总统在竞选中获胜” 。“如果你真的想竞选，那么必须要打败所有竞争对手，这就是我的初衷 。”
杰克表示，自己打记事起就对政治感兴趣 。去年，在目睹了民主党总统候选人——佛蒙特州参议员伯尼·桑德斯（Bernie Sanders）参选后，他才下定决心从政 。这位青少年称自己为“伯尼·桑德斯型的左翼民主党/进步人士 。”
和桑德斯一样，杰克也支持提高最低工资标准 。他还支持减少贫困家庭的税收、提高教师的工资以及推进大麻合法化 。
而在东海岸，13岁的伊桑·索恩本（Ethan Sonneborn）发起了佛蒙特州州长的竞选活动 。这位青少年举办了新闻发布会宣布参选 。索恩本在发布会期间数次回答了媒体的提问 。
索恩本在个人脸书主页畅谈自己竞选的主要议题 。其中包括重建佛蒙特州基础设施以及减少中产阶级的税收 。他还表示“非常自豪成为支持堕胎合法，支持性别平等的候选人 。”
索恩本还向《自由报》表示，当地的民主党官员并未正视他候选人的身份 。他承认，自己还在上学，很难在州内造势拉票 。