19-year-old Barton CC student seeks seat on Great Bend City Council

GREAT BEND, Kan. By now, you've likely heard about an ambitious group of teens running for Kansas governor . In Great Bend, another teen wants to make a more direct difference in his community by becoming a member of the city council.

In addition to securing a seat on the Great Bend City Council on Nov. 7, 19-year-old Andrew Erb is studying political science at Barton Community College. He says he sees his service on the city council as a way to give back to his community.

"I see this office as a way to give back to those people and serve the community that's done so much for me," he says.

Erb hopes his age won't affect his chances of becoming the next council member to represent Great Bend's fourth ward. He says age doesn't always equal knowledge.

"There's a lot of things you can learn whether you're 19 or 65," he says. "It doesn't matter when you learn them, it's just the fact that you do learn them."

Erb is the only candidate filed to run for the Ward 4 council spot, but he does have a competitor seeking the nomination through a write-in vote. That write-in candidate is Jim Gordee.