By Tyler Bauer
Although much of the political news coverage we consume comes in the form of national and international politics, local politics has quite a bit to offer. One such example of local politics offering an interesting story comes from Vermont.
Two days ago, Ethan Sonneborn took part in Vermont’s gubernatorial primary election as a candidate for the Democratic Party. Sonneborn finished fourth among the four Democratic candidates.
This would be unremarkable if it weren’t for the fact that Sonneborn is only fourteen-years-old. Vermont’s constitution doesn’t require candidates for governor to be a certain age – the only requirement is that candidates must have been a Vermont resident for at least the previous four years. Sonneborn meets that requirement, so he was allowed on the ballot.
On why he chose to run, Sonneborn cites his frustration with the state of local and national politics. Additionally, Sonneborn said, “I think Vermonters should take me seriously because I have practical progressive ideas, and I happen to be 14, not the other way around. I think that my message and my platform transcend age.”
According to reports, Sonneborn only raised about $1,700. However, that is impressive for a fourteen-year-old. Sonneborn doesn’t judge his campaign based on fundraising or election results though. Instead, he said, “I think if I can get one person who wasn't involved in the political process before involved now, then my campaign will have been a success.”
Seeing as Sonneborn earned eight percent of the vote at the age of fourteen, I think it's fair to call his campaign a success.
You can learn more about Sonneborn in the video here.