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Utah lawmaker wants to lower required age to run for state office

Jan 18, 2024, 5:30 AM | Updated: 9:18 am

Rep. Candice Pierucci , who is sponsoring the school choice bill, is pictured...

Rep. Candice Pierucci, R- Herriman, speaks about her bill during a House Education Committee hearing on HB215 at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The youngest woman elected into the Utah legislature is proposing a resolution to lower the required age to run for state office.

Currently, the minimum age someone can run for state office in Utah is 25. Rep. Candice Pierucci, R-Herriman, who was elected at 26, wants to lower that to 21 years old.

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According to Pierucci, 25 is older than the age requirement in “a lot of other states in our country.” For example, in California, the required age to run for state office is 18.

Pierucci said young people offer a valuable perspective to policy making.

“As someone who has a young family and who has to balance a home budget, I have a different perspective on things,” she said. “I feel like it’s helpful to have that diversity of thought in the [legislative] body. There’s no need, in my mind, to have an arbitrary age of 25.”

She argued that if you’re old enough to fight and die for your country, “you should be able to run for office.”

If the House and Senate approve the resolution it will be on the ballot in November as a constitutional amendment.

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