Milford kid-governor elect presents platform
MILFORD >> Jessica Brocksom, a John F. Kennedy School fifth-grader and Connecticut’s kid governor-elect, introduced herself and her platform Monday to the Board of Education.
Once inaugurated in January, Jessica will have her own office in the Old State house in Hartford, staff, and will begin fulfilling her platform of the humane treatment of animals through action and speaking engagements throughout the state.
“It’s an honor to be here,” Jessica told board members, then spoke of her three-pronged plan to help animals:
• Lobbying for tougher laws.
• Educating kids at all grade levels.
• Fundraising to buy food, treats, toys and blankets for animals in need.
“I want animals to be treated how they should be,” Jessica said, noting that she’s had tremendous support, help and advice from classmates.
Fifth-grade social studies teacher Donna Stuart said Jessica first won at the fifth-grade level at her school, then, of 20 chosen in other districts, became a finalist of seven, then the victor.
The finalists were presented by video statewide and some 4,400 students cast their vote.
“She is going to be an inspiration to everyone. She’s an inspiration to me every day,” Stuart said.
The free program of the Connecticut Public Affairs Network, in its second year, teaches fifth-graders about state government, elections and the importance of civic participation.
The election was timed to coincide with the real-life Election Day in November.
Last year’s winner, Elena Tipton of East Hartford, ran on a platform of kindness.
Of the seven finalists this year, some of the platforms included homelessness, kindness, bus safety and bullying.
Jessica told the board she wants to work on changing the state law regarding animal cruelty to a minimum $6,000 fine and six-year prison sentence. The law is currently a $5,000 fine and five-year sentence.
For the education component, she’ll create a video and speak.
In her campaign video, Jessica says, “A vote for me is a vote for our animals.”
She shook the hand of each board member after receiving a certificate from Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth E. Feser.