New NH “Kid Governor” announced

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Suzy Brand (screenshot)

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – The New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) and New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education (NHICE) announced on Tuesday that fifth-grader Suzy Brand of Sant Bani School in Sanbornton has been named as New Hampshire’s second “Kid Governor®.”

The Kid Governor ® contest arrived last year in New Hampshire, created by the Connecticut Democracy Center in 2015. The program expanded to Oregon in 2017 before the Granite State became the third such contest in the nation.

In Brand’s campaign video, she shared her passion for children’s health and time outdoors.

“I want to thank everybody who helped me come this far,” Brand said after learning she won the election.

Over 1000 New Hampshire fifth graders voted in the 2019 Statewide Election, more than tripling last year’s participation. Fourteen schools nominated students for NHKG, up from three last year, and the program’s advisory board used criteria to narrow the field down to seven candidates for fifth graders to vote on.

The four runners up will serve as New Hampshire’s “Kid Executive Council.”

rand will succeed 2019 NHKG Lola Giannelli after an official inauguration ceremony in January. As New Hampshire’s first Kid Governor, Giannelli has worked to end animal cruelty in the state by raising money for the humane society, working with legislators to pass a bill banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores, and attending events related to her platform.