Jack Bergeson, 16, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Kansas governor, appeared this week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Jack Bergeson, 16, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Kansas governor, appeared this week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

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Kansas high school student running for governor takes questions from Jimmy Kimmel

By Hunter Woodall

hwoodall@kcstar.com

August 10, 2017 10:53 AM

A teenager trying to win the Kansas governor’s race in 2018 got some national attention this week that none of his Democratic competitors has been able to match so far this election cycle:

An interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Jack Bergeson, a 16-year-old high school student from Wichita, appeared on the ABC late-night talk show Wednesday to talk about his run for the governor’s office.

Kimmel peppered him with humorous questions tied to his age, including whether his parents would move in to the governor’s mansion with him if he won the race, if he was just trying to get a campaign manager “so you have a person to buy you beer,” and whether he had met with the Russians about his campaign.

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“A few years ago I would have said this was impossible, but now it probably is, it might even be probable that you could be the next governor of Kansas,” Kimmel said to laughs from the crowd.

Bergeson won’t be old enough to vote for himself in either the 2018 primary or general election, if he makes it that far.

Jack Bergeson, 16, of Wichita is running for governor.
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But he can run anyway because Kansas doesn’t have an age requirement to run for governor, according to the Kansas secretary of state’s office.

“Ever since Governor Brownback and Trump, I’ve started to notice that politics is kind of degenerating in our country, and we need the younger generation to get involved in order to fix that,” Bergeson said.

“But people your age aren’t legally allowed to vote, so really what are they going to do? Have you thought about voting for student council instead?” Kimmel asked him.

“Well, you know, no, I don’t think that makes as big of an impact,” Bergeson said.

Kimmel later asked the teenager whether he had asked any of the girls at his school to be his “first lady.”

“You know, I haven’t thought about that yet,” Bergeson said.

Hunter Woodall: 785-354-1388, @HunterMw