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Milford 5th-grader chosen as next Connecticut 'kid governor'

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Jessica Brocksom has been chosen as Connecticut's "kid governor." (Chris Zaccaro) Jessica Brocksom has been chosen as Connecticut's "kid governor." (Chris Zaccaro)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

A fifth-grader at Milford's John F. Kennedy School has been chosen as Connecticut's "kid governor."

Jessica Brocksom was presented with a ceremonial sash as the results of a statewide election were announced. The mayor and state lawmakers attended the event Wednesday inside the school's gymnasium.

"It is my honor to report that the fifth graders of the state of Connecticut have elected Jessica Broksom as the new CT Kid Governor," Secretary of The State Denise Merrill said. 

Jessica ran on a platform promoting humane treatment of animals. Some 4,400 fifth-graders from 45 cities and towns voted in the program, which was created last year by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network to encourage interest in civics and government.

"I want to help all the kids around the state to be able to do just a little bit, something to stop animal cruelty," Brocksom said.  

After her inauguration in January, Jessica's responsibilities will include making speeches and public appearances and creating videos on ending animal cruelty. The kid governor-elect gets an office in Hartford and serves as an ambassador

"We launched the program last year, really as a way to teach kids about civics and state government but also civics participation right from their classrooms," Brian Cofrancesco with Connecticut's Old State House said. 

Last year's winner, Elena Tipton of East Hartford, ran on a platform of kindness.

"Hard work pays off and if you wait long enough things might be able to happen," Brocksom said. "So I just want to let you guys know that I'm very thankful for you guys."

To learn more about Connecticut's "kid governor," click here

For updates on Brocksom, click here

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