- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut has a new Kid Governor.

Milford fifth-grader Jessica Brocksom was sworn in Friday by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill during a ceremony at Connecticut’s Old State House. The actual governor, Dannel P. Malloy, was among the dignitaries on hand.

This marks the second Kid Governor, a statewide civics program created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network for fifth graders. Each school enters one student candidate into a statewide election that other fifth graders vote in. Candidates work with their classmates on why they want the one-year position, their leadership qualities, a community issue they hope to address and a plan to help fellow fifth graders make a difference on that issue.

Brocksom, who attends John F. Kennedy School in Milford, wants to promote the humane treatment of animals.

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