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Age requirements sought after 6 teens run for governor

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, front, sits with former Gov. Sam Brownback, back, before being sworn in as Governor of Kansas during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Orlin Wagner / AP)
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, front, sits with former Gov. Sam Brownback, back, before being sworn in as Governor of Kansas during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Orlin Wagner / AP)
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TOPEKA, Kan. – Candidates would be required to be at least 18 to run for statewide offices in Kansas under legislation drafted in response to six teenagers entering the race for governor.

The Kansas House Elections Committee is considering whether to set an age requirement for running for governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer and state commissioner of insurance.

In Washington and Idaho, candidates must be at least 18 and a qualified voter to run for office.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the committee could vote on the plan Monday. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would also have to live in Kansas for four years before seeking office.

If approved, the changes wouldn’t take effect until after this fall’s election.

Six teenagers are seeking the state’s top office, while another is running for secretary of state. Proponents of the bill say most states require candidates to be older.

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