This undated photo provided by the Ethan 2018 Campaign shows Ethan Sonneborn, of Bristol, Vt., who is one of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, primary election. The state constitution doesn't have an age requirement for people seeking the state's highest office beyond having lived in the state for four years before the election. (Buzz Kuhns/Ethan 2018 Campaign via AP)

14-year-old boy uses legal quirk to run for Vermont governor

August 13, 2018 - 10:07 am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive.

But 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn has met the requirements to be on Vermont's primary ballot and is taking his place with the state's more age-appropriate candidates on the Tuesday primary ballot.

The Vermont Constitution doesn't have an age requirement for people seeking the state's highest office beyond having lived in the state for four years before the election. Sonneborn qualifies.

That apparent oversight by the state's founders more than 225 years ago was enough to encourage the politically precocious teen to collect the signatures needed to place him on the primary ballot.

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