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Connecticut's Kid Governor

Connecticut’s Kid GovernorSM (CTKG) is a statewide, in-school civics program for 5th graders that was created and is currently led by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN). Timed to coincide with Election Day in November, each school in Connecticut is eligible to enter one student candidate into a statewide election that other 5th graders vote in. Classes can vote in the election, nominate a classmate to run for office, or both!

Connecticut’s Kid Governor candidates work with their classmates to create a campaign video outlining:

- Why they want to be CT’s Kid Governor

- Their leadership qualities and skills

- A community issue that they want to address and why it’s important

- A 3-point plan that will help 5th graders across Connecticut make a difference on that issue

From the pool of candidates, Connecticut’s Old State House chooses the final 7 candidates and posts their videos online. During Election Week, registered classes watch and analyze the campaign videos and vote for the platform and candidate they want to support. The candidate with the most votes statewide is then named Connecticut’s Kid Governor. The winning candidate serves a full-year term with all the benefits and responsibilities of being Kid Governor.

Learn more about Connecticut's Kid Governor by visiting CT.KidGovernor.org or by following CKG on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.