MOST people who say they want to be the President or something of that effect when their kids do nothing about it when they finally can. 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn, however, is not letting it slip by. This Bristol resident is wanting to run for governor. He is one of four Democratic candidates looking for a party nomination in Vermont.
Now, how is it a 14-year-old can even run for governor? Simply put, there is no law saying he can’t. The closest law in Vermont says the candidate must have lived in the location for at least four years prior to election. However, Sonneborn has lived there for that long and as such is as valid as his more seasoned competitors.
The candidate says he’s always been enthralled with building coalitions. John F. Kennedy represented that the most for him.
“It’s on us to build our own future,” Sonneborn told The Washington Post. “You’ve got to get involved, you’ve got to vote, you’ve got to knock on doors. It’s how we’re going to make the changes we want to see in the state, in this country, in this world. When we get involved, we make our democracy stronger.”
The decision to run came after he learned of this loophole and his frustrations with current politics. This was also a way to clash with the infamous Charlottesville, Virginia tragedy from a year ago.
Sure enough, he does not have as much disposable income as his competition, his July finance report indicates that he has raised slightly over $1,700. This isn’t enough to really carry much in the world of politics, but anything is possible at this point.
Today was Primary Day and the results are in. Sonneborn came in last with over 4,500 votes. The winner was Christine Hallquist with over 27,000 votes. Surely, we can assume Vermont’s youngest candidate will not disappear into obscruity and will continue his political journey.