Running for Office
If you have students who are enthusiastic about leadership and eager to better their community, encourage them to run for New Hampshire's Kid Governor! The election is open to all 5th grade students enrolled in a public, private, parochial, magnet, charter, tribal, or homeschool program in the state of New Hampshire. Each school or group is eligible to offer one candidate to run for the position of New Hampshire's Kid Governor. Classes may choose to participate without nominating a candidate as a “voting-only” class. If multiple students in your class/school are interested in running for office, consider hosting class-wide and 5th grade-wide primaries. 
Student candidates must review the official Rules & Regulations and turn in a completed Parent-Guardian Permission Packet.
Students interested in running for office must agree to serve as New Hampshire's Kid Governor for a full year beginning in the January following their election. 
Candidate videos must:
  • Include the student’s first name (please no reference to last name, school or town in the video)
  • Include why the candidate wants to be New Hampshire's Kid Governor, what leadership qualities he/she has, what community issue is important to him/her, and a 3-point plan outlining ways for New Hampshire 5th graders to make a difference around that issue
  • Be at least one minute but no more than three minutes in length
  • Be in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mov, .avi, or .wmv
  • Be an original creation
Candidate videos must not:  
  • Use music that is copyrighted (i.e. music played on the radio or purchased online/in store). Royalty-free music websites such as offer songs that can be used without violating copyright 
  • Contain inappropriate or offensive content
  • Include audio, images, or footage of other students who do not have parental/guardian permission. Each student in the candidate’s class must submit a signed Photography & Video Release for Non-Candidate Students OR the Principal’s Comprehensive Consent and Signature Page from the Rules & Regulations, Entry Form, and Photography & Media Releases, along with the candidate’s submission
The winner of the 2018 New Hampshire's Kid Governor Election will serve from January 2019 to December 2019. He/she will have opportunities throughout his/her term to meet people, participate in events, and take action on his/her community issue.
Opportunities include:
  • An official Inauguration ceremony in January
  • Create and share videos about his/her community issue
  • Maintain a blog about his/her community issue and action being taken by students statewide to make a difference
  • Meet and speak with students and adults across the state
  • Participate in programs and events with the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and other organizations
  • Have a special New Hampshire's Kid Governor office