(GH) — Joseph Tutera Jr., 16, Mission Hills, has named a campaign treasurer — his father —as he prepares to run for Kansas governor.
He is the fifth teenager and the second student at Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Missouri, to set up a campaign account for the 2018 gubernatorial race. There is no age requirement for governor.
“I will be running as a Republican with a financially conservative ideology with a moderate conservative social ideology,” Tutera wrote in an email to The News.
Tutera is president of his sophomore class at the Catholic high school and said he dedicates about an hour a day to catching up on the news, especially U.S. politics.
“I am intrigued with politics for a very simple reason,” he wrote. “Politicians with the right intentions are the people that can bring real change to a city, state, or country and I want to be one of those people,” he said.
He knows some people think a teen running for governor is a stunt or intended to get laughs from fellow students. Tutera said he wants to learn from the process about how the system works.
The other high school students who have filed a campaign account document with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission are: Jack Bergeson, junior and Wichita Democrat; Tyler Ruzich, junior and Prairie Village Republican; Ethan Randleas, senior and Wichita Republican; and Dominic Scavuzzo, senior and Leawood Republican. Scavuzzo also attends Rockhurst High School.
Tutera sent his electronic campaign filing to the state Tuesday night. He became the 20th individual to take this initial step toward formally entering the race for governor.