Introducing 2017 Connecticut's Kid Governor™ Jessica Brocksom!


Hartford, CT – On Wednesday, November 23 it was announced that Jessica Brocksom of Milford was elected as the next Connecticut’s Kid Governor (CKG) by 5th graders throughout the state. The announcement was made during a school-wide assembly at John F. Kennedy School, where Jessica is a 5th grade student in Mrs. Donna Stuart’s class. The Kid Governor-Elect ran on a platform promoting the humane treatment of animals and garnered enough votes from her peers to be named the state’s second ever Kid Governor. You can watch Jessica’s campaign video here.

Students across the state were nominated by their classes to run for Connecticut’s Kid Governor – a national award-winning statewide civics program created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN). Candidates were required to submit a campaign video about a community issue important to them, as well as a three-point plan designed to help other students take action on the issue. Seven final candidates moved onto the week-long election and their videos were posted to the CKG webpage, CT.KidGovernor.org, for their peers to watch before casting their ballots. Student participation in the 2016 CKG Statewide Election more than quadrupled from the previous year.
The final 7 candidates for Connecticut’s Kid Governor and their community issue were as follows:
  • Avery: Homelessness
  • Chelsey: Kindness
  • Georgia: Bus Safety
  • Jessica: Animal Cruelty - WINNER
  • Madelyn: Senior Pet Adoption
  • Nathan: Bullying Prevention
  • Nicolas: Recycling
The CKG 2016 candidates’ videos are still available for public viewing here.

Jessica Brocksom will begin serving as the Kid Governor following her inauguration in early 2017. She will be provided the opportunity to take part in CPAN public programs and encourage students across the state to take action on her issue. Jessica will take over for the first Connecticut’s Kid Governor, Elena Tipton of East Hartford, who won the 2015 CKG Statewide Election with her “Campaign for Kindness.”

Connecticut’s Kid Governor (CKG) is a national award-winning statewide civics program created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN). CKG is sponsored by the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and the State Department of Education. The free program, which is in its second year, teaches 5th graders across the state about government, elections, and the importance of civics engagement through a real-life election that’s timed to coincide with Election Day in November. Each officially registered 5th grade class in Connecticut is eligible to either enter one student candidate into the election, vote for the next Kid Governor based on a platform or community issue that the CKG candidates campaign on, or both. Winner of a 2016 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History, the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program inspires students to be lifelong agents of change, active participants in our government, and registered voters when they turn 18. 

For more information on CKG - both the program and the student – as well as the 2016 CKG Election, follow Connecticut’s Kid Governor on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or visit the program’s website at CT.KidGovernor.org.

To contact CKG Jessica, email CKGJessica@kidgovernor.org. Please note that this email address is maintained by CPAN staff and only appropriate content will be shared with CKG Jessica.