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Started in 1996, Connecticut’s Kid Governor is the newest CT Democracy Center program in residence at Connecticut’s Old State House.

Each fall, 5th graders throughout Connecticut participate in a statewide election to vote for Connecticut's Kid Governor™. Timed to coincide with Election Week in November, each school in Connecticut is eligible to enter one student candidate into a race that other 5th graders will vote in. Teachers can have their class vote in the election, nominate a student candidate from their school to run for office, or both! Each option comes with a toolkit designed to help teachers get the most out of either track.

Kid Governor Candidates will submit campaign videos to Connecticut's Old State House outlining:

  • Why they want to be Connecticut's Kid Governor.
  • Their leadership qualities and skills.
  • A community issue that they want to address and why it's important.
  • A three-point plan that will help 5th graders across Connecticut make a difference on that issue.

By using technology – a familiar communication tool and powerful platform for action – this innovative and practical program will illustrate how elections work and how Connecticut residents of all ages can choose to participate in our democratic society. The lessons will inspire students to be lifelong agents of change, active participants in our government, and registered voters when they turn 18!

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Questions? Email Brian Cofrancesco.