Oregon Kid Governor reflects on her time in office | News

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PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — It’s been an entire year since Oregon’s 2021-2022 Kid Governor was elected, and now Emerie Martin is reflecting back on her time in office.

The Kid Governor program was started in back in 2015 at the Connecticut Democracy Center. Oregon became the second state to implement the program in 2017. Emerie Martin, of Pleasant Hill, then 11, was chosen out of seven candidates in 2021 to serve a one-year term in the position, which she spent raising awareness about animal abuse.

Kid Gov. Martin said she had a lot of different opportunities to meet state leaders and do some leading herself. In addition to her hard work in fighting for her campaign of raising awareness on animal abuse in the state through several fund raisers and tours of Oregon animal shelters like Greenhill Humane Society. She even took charge of cabinet meetings. She also ran a 5K to raise money and worked closely with local animal shelters.

“There are so many experiences that I got to, well, experience,” said Martin. “I got to meet senators, I got to meet the Secretary of State, I got to meet the governor, only on Zoom though. And we got to do so many fun things that I think I’m going to really just look back and just be very excited about that, that I got this experience.”

Kid Governor Emerie Martin

Kid Gov. Martin’s mom, Haley Martin, said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter for learning how to be more organized and learning more about how the world works. She said it’s been a wild year, but she also had a few words of advice for the parents of future Kid Governors.

“Be very flexible, that’s one,” Haley Martin said. “And just be ready for, if she’s anything like Emerie, be ready for the ride to follow her and help her accomplish all these things that she’s set out to do.”

2022-2023’s Kid Governor is Lea Andrus, a fifth grader from Hawks View Elementary in Sherwood, Oregon. Her platform is ending bullying, and her plan is to foster connections between classmates through a weekly note program she calls Tootles. She says it’s a kind note students can write to classmates to make them feel more appreciated. She also plans to help schools appoint kindness helpers and promote daily acts of kindness.

Oregon Kid Governor reflects on her time in office | News

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