The following were the final candidates for the office of
2018 Connecticut’s Kid Governor®

The following 5th graders were the final candidates in the 2017 Statewide Election for the office of 2018 Connecticut’s Kid Governor. The candidates were nominated by 5th graders in their schools and completed the necessary paperwork qualifying them to run for office.

Each candidate created a campaign video (below) outlining why he or she wanted to be Connecticut's Kid Governor; what leadership qualities he/she has; what community issue is important to him or her and why; and a three-point plan outlining ways for Connecticut 5th graders to make a difference around that issue.

Fifth grade students in registered classrooms watched these videos carefully and used the Analyzing Campaign Videos and Speeches worksheet to 
study the candidates’ platforms and inform their vote during the Statewide Election. The Statewide Election was held November 6-14, 2017. Each registered 5th grade student was entitled to one vote. All votes were due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 , 2017.

Candidate’s Name: A'aliyah Grimes
Candidate’s Community Issue:
Candidate’s School: Clover Street School (Windsor)

Candidate’s Name: Dillon Rozich
Candidate’s Community Issue: Bullying
Candidate’s School: Woodside Intermediate School (Cromwell)

Candidate’s Name: Gwyn Romanzi
Candidate’s Community Issue: Child Poverty 
Candidate’s School: Thomaston Center School (Thomaston)

Candidate’s Name: Liliana Vera
Candidate’s Community Issue: Making the Elderly Feel Valued
Candidate’s School: Plantsville Elementary School (Southington)

Candidate’s Name: Madison Baker
Candidate’s Community Issue: Kindness
Candidate’s School: CREC Discovery Magnet School (Wethersfield)

Candidate’s Name: Megan Kasperowski
Candidate’s Community Issue: Cancer
Candidate’s School: Brownstone Intermediate School (Portland)

Candidate’s Name: Nathaniel Goldschmidt
Candidate’s Community Issue: Eliminating Styrofoam Trays
Candidate’s School: CREC University of Hartford Magnet School (West Hartford)