The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State Political Process
Numerous opportunities exist for you to run for political office at the ALMBS. You will be provided specific instruction on how to run for the various offices upon your arrival at the ALMBS.
You are encouraged to run for at least one office. At the state level, you may run for Governor, Auditor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Agriculture, or Justice of the Supreme Court. You may only run for one state office. At the county level, you may run for Sheriff, County Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Assessor, County Commissioner, Prosecuting Attorney, State Senator, House of Delegates, Magistrate, Circuit Judge, or Board of Education member. At the city level, you may run for Mayor or City Council member. A Citizen shall be permitted to run for election for only one office at each level (State, County, and City). A Citizen can hold only one elected office.
All candidates for State Office will be given an opportunity to address all the Citizens of their respective political party at the party caucus on Monday - prior to the primary election. This is a critical phase in the state election process that often has a significant impact on the results of the state primary election. State office candidates will be given approximately one (1) minute to provide their address. They are encouraged to give significant thought to their address’s content and delivery.
To ensure fair and honest campaigns at the ALMBS, the following guidelines will be observed by all candidates:
- No campaign materials can be brought from home. This is to ensure that all Citizens start out on an equal footing and develop a campaign of his own effort and initiative.
- Campaign materials may be purchased on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday afternoons/evenings at Headquarters. The cost of campaign materials is paid from the ALMBS currency or campaign contributions (ALMBS currency collected from other Citizens).
- Personal computers and word processors are not permitted to be used.
- Posting of campaign materials is not permitted inside Mount Vernon Dining Hall.
- No campaign signs are to be affixed to a point that is higher than one can reach standing on a chair. No campaign signs are to be affixed to any lamppost, fire equipment, exit signs, automobiles, or stairwells.
- The ALMBS asks for the use of common sense in any candidate’s campaign. All campaign signs should be in good taste, free from obscene language, and suggestive or lewd designs.
- The ALMBS also asks each candidate to be responsible. After elections are over, each candidate is required to remove his campaign signs and dispose of them in a proper manner.
- All nicknames must be approved by the ALMBS Political Process Coordinator. No obscene/off-color nicknames will be tolerated.