They are years away from reaching voting age but fifth-graders across Connecticut will have a say in an election of their own.
The civics program created by the Connecticut Democracy Center invites schools across the state to nominate candidates, who then design campaign materials focusing on a community issue important to them. Seven candidates move on to the statewide race that draws ballots from nearly 6,000 students. The winner has the opportunity to promote their platform on the group’s website and participate in programs around the state.
Candidates this year have chosen platform topics including child poverty, limiting electronic use, recycling and children’s literacy.