Running for Office

If you have students who are enthusiastic about leadership and eager to better their community, encourage them to run for Connecticut's Kid Governor®! The election for Connecticut’s Kid Governor is open to all 5th grade students enrolled in a public school, private school, parochial school, magnet school, charter school, or homeschool program in the state of Connecticut. Each school or group in Connecticut is eligible to offer one (1) candidate to run for the position of Connecticut’s Kid Governor, although your class can participate without nominating a candidate (as a “Voting Only” class). If multiple students in your class/school are interested in running for office, we suggest holding class-wide and 5th grade-wide primaries. 

Student candidates must review the official Rules & Regulations.

Students interested in running for office must agree to serve as Connecticut’s Kid Governor for a full year beginning in the January following their election. 

Candidate videos must:
  • Include the student’s first name (please no reference to last name, school or town in the video).
  • Include why the candidate wants to be Connecticut's Kid Governor, what leadership qualities they have, what community issue is important to him/her and why, and a three-point plan outlining ways for Connecticut 5th graders to make a difference around that issue.
  • Be at least one minute but no more than three minutes in length.
  • Be in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mov, .avi, or .wmv.
  • Be an original creation.
The winner of the 2017 Statewide Election will serve as the 2018 Connecticut’s Kid Governor® from January-December 2018. He/she will have opportunities throughout his/her term to meet people and share the winning campaign platform and ways to take action! These include:
  • Inauguration ceremony at Connecticut’s Old State House. (Tent. January)
  • Create videos to share with constituents and other students about his/her community issue. (Winter-Spring )
  • Maintain a blog about his/her community issue and action being taken by students statewide to make a difference.
  • Meet and speak with students and adults across the state.
  • Participate in programs and events with the  Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) at Connecticut’s Old State House and elsewhere throughout the state.
  • Visit libraries across the state sharing his/her campaign platform. (Summer)
  • Have a special Connecticut’s Kid Governor Office.
The above are the official “duties” of the Kid Governor. Anything the successful candidate would like to do outside of these responsibilities, in an official role as Connecticut’s Kid Governor, requires express written approval of CPAN.