2020 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Myra Stanfield Begins Her Term

CTKG Myra and the Kid Governor’s Cabinet Attend Opening Day at the State Capitol

On February 5, 2020, Connecticut’s Kid Governor Myra Stanfield and members of her Cabinet attended Opening Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. CTKG Myra and Cabinet members Ariana, Derek, and Lucie were recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives, watched Governor Ned Lamont’s State of the State address, and met with Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz in her office. These student leaders were able to test their knowledge about state government in the place where it happens and spoke with the members of the executive and legislative branches about their work.

Click HERE to watch CTKG Myra and her Cabinet be recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives by State Representative Liz Linehan.

From Left to Right: CTKG Myra; State Representative Liz Linehan; Cabinet Members Derek, Ariana, and Lucie; Connor Linehan.

Announcing: Connecticut’s Kid Governor Partners with Connecticut Humanities

The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House is proud to announce a new Connecticut’s Kid Governor partnership with Connecticut Humanities.

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community, and enrich lives.

Jason Mancini, Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities, said: “Statewide initiatives and accessibility for our youth are especially important to us, and The Connecticut Democracy Center– through their Connecticut History Day and Connecticut’s Kid Governor programs– offers models of excellence, locally and nationally.”

Thank you to Connecticut Humanities for their major funding and partnership support!


Myra Stanfield Sworn In as the 2020 Connecticut’s Kid Governor

On Friday, January 17, 2020, Myra Stanfield of Eric G. Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford was sworn in as the fifth Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Myra was elected by the fifth graders of Connecticut based on her platform of Standing Up for Animals in Need. During her term, Myra will work on being an advocate for animals by focusing on her three platform points:

  1. Inform and educate kids about companion animals in need and how they can help these animals.
  2. Encourage schools to fundraise and collect toys, blankets, and other supplies for their local animal shelters to make shelter pets feel loved.
  3. Hold a statewide pet adoption event.

You can watch the inauguration ceremony and the press conference HERE. You can view all of the photos from Inauguration Day 2020 HERE.


Meet the 2020 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Cabinet

Throughout the year, CTKG Myra will work with the six finalists from the 2019 Statewide Election who will make up her Cabinet. The Cabinet members will meet periodically at Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford to discuss how they can support Myra’s platform and continue together on their own platforms.

  • Ariana Moreno- Suicide & Mental Health
  • Daisy Wimberly- Pollution
  • Derek Gaszek- Brightening the Lives of Homeless Children
  • Dwayne Ceasar- Helping Children with Disabilities
  • Kylie Nachin- Kids and Technology Addiction
  • Lucie Martinelli- Diversity in Schools & Sports

You can follow what Myra and the Cabinet are up to on Myra’s blog HERE.


Thank You for Joining Us!

During Inauguration Day 2020, CTKG Myra and her Cabinet were joined by some special guests. Governor Lamont, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, US Senator Blumenthal (not pictured), Secretary of the State Merrill, Treasurer Wooden, Commissioner of Education Cardona, Deputy Attorney General Chapple, State Senator Slap, Representative Gilchrest, Mayor Cantor, Judge Eveleigh. 2017 CTKG Jessica, and 2019 CTKG Ella were all present to celebrate the Day.


Connecticut’s Kid Governor® is a national award-winning civics program created by The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House. The program is presented with major funding and partnership support from CT Humanities and the Gawlicki Family Founation, and in partnership with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.