Run for 2018

Applications to run for office are due at 12:30 pm TODAY drop off at the registration table outside the chambers.

Would you like to hold one of these key leadership positions in 2018?

  • Governor
  • Lt. Governor
  • President of the Senate
  • Editor in Chief
  • Attorney General
  • Speaker of the House
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice

If so, the time to apply is now.

Youth Officer Application

To run for office, you must demonstrate that you:

  • Are personally committed to the purpose and objectives of the Youth in Government Program and to helping all participants realize its many benefits.
  • Have a working knowledge of the total scope of the Youth in Government Program and the organization, functions, and procedures of the General Assembly.
  • Have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and are in good standing in your school and community.
  • Have demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to serve in your elected position.
  • Have demonstrated the skills of effective communication.
  • Are well informed and conversant with current problems and issues in Colorado.

To be added to the ballot, please download, complete, and submit this Youth Officer Application to the current Lt. Governor by Tuesday, November 21, at 12:30pm.

All candidates will be required to give speeches at the Governor’s Ball Tuesday evening. Voting will occur on Wednesday.

Qualifications 

GOVERNOR/LT. GOVERNOR

  • Be a junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade).
  • Consider attending the Governor’s Conference in Washington, D.C., the second week of June to represent Colorado.
  • Consider attending the Conference on National Affairs the first week of July.

Responsibilities: (Prior to General Assembly)

  • Attend all youth officer meetings as well as the Pre-Legislative session.
  • Appoint Cabinet Members
  • Abide by and uphold the Code of Conduct during their term of office.
  • Send copies of all appointments and directives to the Program Director to facilitate full communication and coordination.

If, for some reason, the governor is unable to fulfill these duties or is in violation of the Code of Conduct, the runner-up in the Governor race will become Governor.

Responsibilities: (During the General Assembly):

  • Meet with Cabinet Members to discuss strategies for lobbying for bills which support the Governor’s platform, and determine the position of the administration to undertake action based on developments.
  • Establish a scheduling system to meet regularly with officers of the administration enabling the administration to undertake action based on developments.
  • Establish a press schedule.
  • Determine accessibility of the governor to the public.
  • Meet personally with the author of any bill vetoed to explain the reasons for veto and possible compromise on the disagreement of the issue, and thus have the author help the legislation be passed again in revised form which the governor would sign.
  • Prepare and deliver opening and closing addresses to the General Assembly.
  • Hold press conference concerning administrative priorities.
  • Assist with the elections on the final day of the General Assembly.

PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • Be a junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade).
  • Have experience in presiding.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of the Rules of Procedure and function of the Senate.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend all youth officer meetings as well as Pre-Legislative session.
  • Preside over the Senate.
  • Coordinate work of the Senate Officers.
  • In the event of a tie in the Senate, cast the deciding vote.
  • Preside over joint sessions of the Senate and House.

EDITOR IN CHIEF

  • Be a junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade)
  • Have basic knowledge of journalism and skills necessary for interviewing, reporting, news writing, and editing.
  • Have ability to organize and supervise a newspaper staff so an effective newspaper is published and distributed.
  • Have ability to set proper deadlines and be certain they are met.
  • Possess a commitment to fair and unbiased reporting of the news and to reporting ONLY those items directly related to the Model Government Program content.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend all youth officer meetings as well as Pre-Legislative session.
  • Is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the media within Youth in Government.
  • Assign editors for various aspects of media coverage (Online, social media, etc.).
  • Conduct press conference at beginning of General Assembly.
  • Set deadlines and be certain they are met.
  • Edit and check facts on articles and reports submitted.
  • Ensure that all reporting and editorials are fair and unbiased, and that references to partisan politics are excluded except as related to parties in the Senate and House of the Convention.
  • Work in partnership with  YMCA staff.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • Be a junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade).
  • Is well informed and conversant on procedures of the judicial system in Colorado.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend all youth officer meetings as well as Pre-Legislative session.
  • Prepare written argument for the given case to present to the Court.
  • Be prepared to present oral arguments before the Justices.
  • Review bills to determine any questions to their constitutionality.
  • Work with Representatives and Senators to argue their bill’s constitutionality.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

  • Be a junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade).
  • Have experience in presiding.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of the Rules of Procedure and function of the House of Representatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend all youth officer meetings as well as Pre-Legislative session.
  • Preside over the House of Representatives.
  • Coordinate work of the House Officers.

CHIEF JUSTICE

  • Be a junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade).
  • Is well informed and conversant on procedures of the judicial system in Colorado.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Pre-Legislative Session Officer’s Meeting October 18.
  • Prior to Model Government Convention become very familiar with the cases.
  • Prior to Model Government Convention become familiar with court procedures.
  • Attend Mock Session (on the first day of the General Assembly).
  • Preside over the hearing of cases and manage the work of the court.