Despite the great success of female candidates across the country this year, 2018 may become, even more, the political year of youth. This rosy possibility confronts the hard historical reality of low interest, low voting turnout, and general cynicism toward politics among the young.
But there are signs, in Kansas and across the country, that this year may be different.
A few days ago, a BBC crew came to Kansas to do a major story on the teenagers running for governor. These individuals received a spate of publicity early on, but that soon dissipated. Still, Republicans Tyler Ruzich and Joe Tutera and Democrat Jack Bergeson will be on major party ballots in the August primary.