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Two weeks ago, Gilbert Servin, an 18-year-old University of Houston-Victoria freshman, approached the city council asking for age restrictions to be lifted for city office elections.

According to the city charter, candidates running for city council must be at least 21. Servin thought that should be changed to include all adults, including those at the end of their teenage years.

Last night, the council voted 4-3 to put the issue on the ballot for May 12's charter election. Mayor Will Armstrong, David Hagan and Tom Halepaska voted against, saying teenagers are not mature enough and lacked life experience. Halepaska said the idea was not fully vetted.

Others say if you are old enough to vote, you should be old enough to run for office. If you're old enough to serve and die for your country, to be tried as an adult and to sign contracts, you should be allowed an opportunity to be on the ballot.

What are your thoughts? Would you vote for a candidate based on age?