2019 Kid Governor’s Cabinet

The Kid Governor’s Cabinet consists of the Kid Governor and the six final candidates who counsel and advise the Kid Governor through his or her term. The Cabinet meets periodically in the Kid Governor’s Office during the Kid Governor’s term in office. The Cabinet uses these meetings to discuss how they can support the Kid Governor’s campaign initiatives in their own communities and raise awareness for the Kid Governor’s platform across the state.


Meet the 2019 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Cabinet 

Eva Greenspan
School: Eric G. Norfeldt Elementary School
Town: West Hartford
Community Issue: Child Poverty

“Hi, my name is Eva and I attend Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford. My family members include my mom, dad, sister Rachel, brothers Robert and Michael, and my dog Cleo. I love to sing, dance, sew, act, play lacrosse, and spend time with family and friends. My leadership qualities are: I am a great listener and not afraid to speak up for what is right. I will make sure that everyone has a say in what I do as part of the Kid Governor’s Cabinet. I am willing to admit when I make a mistake and try my best to fix it. I am very hardworking!” 

Watch Eva’s campaign video here.

Hayden Xhokaxhiu
School: Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Town: South Windsor
Community Issue: Limiting Electronic Use

“Hi, I’m Hayden Xhokaxhiu and I’m a fifth grader a Pleasant Valley Elementary School in South Windsor. I live with my mom, dad, and sister and we enjoy family time together. I love to play soccer and basketball with my dad, with other kids, or by myself. I am very respectful to other people, determined when given a task, and patient when I have to wait– even if it’s hard! I listen to different people when they need my advice. Also, I am very confident in anything I do and get the job done.”

Watch Hayden’s campaign video here.

Jason Hayes
School: Casimir Pulaski Elementary School
Town: Meriden
Community Issue: Children’s Literacy

“Hi, my name is Jason Hayes. I am 10 years old and I am a fifth grader as Casimir Pulaski School in Meriden. I have three sisters and who dogs. I enjoy drawing, playing basketball, and playing video games. I am a student ambassador at my school. My leadership qualities are being kind, helpful, and caring.” 

Watch Jason’s campaign video here.

Madison Lowthert
School: Our Lady of Fatima School
Town: Wilton
Community Issue: Recycling

Watch Madison’s campaign video here.

 

 

 

Melody Valdes
School: Dr. Thomas S. O’Connell Elementary School
Town: East Hartford
Community Issue: Food for All

“I’m from a wonderful family: my mom and dad, my older sister Melanie, and our amazing dog Scout. My mom and dad immigrated to the United States from Cuba in order to give my sister and me a better life! I currently play the baritone and I am very active in my Girl Scout troop and my school’s Leadership Team. I also love to dance and I truly enjoy every minute of school! When I grow up, I would like to be an activist because working to solve problems can make the world a better place!”

Watch Melody’s campaign video here.

Reilly Bard
School: Plantsville Elementary School
Town: Southington
Community Issue: Foster Care

“Hello everyon! My name is Reilly Bard. I’m a 5th grader at Plantsville Elementary School in Plantsville. I live with my mom, Erin, my dad, Brad, and my little sister, Charlotte. I have a bunny named Chubbs and two English Bulldogs named Jimmy and Fallon. I cheer for the Southington Travel Knights and Empire All Star Cheerleading Team. I love to read and take pottery and art classes. Some of my leadership qualities are that I’m passionate about helping others and I like to motivate and encourage others to help their community. Above all, I enjoy giving back to my community.”

Watch Reilly’s campaign video here.