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COLUMN: Stricter qualifications for political candidates are long overdue

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By Linda Ireland

The requirements for running and holding a political office vary across the state.
Generally speaking, little-to-no experience is needed to seek election. You have to be at least 24 years old and prove residency.
The crazy thing is that some of the county offices requiring the most responsibility to the public have the fewest job requirements.
On the other hand, it isn’t easy to run for Property Valuation Administrator – a state office. The candidate must first pass a test.


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