Connecticut 'kid governor' focuses on LGBTQ youth safety

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A fifth-grader from a magnet school in Avon has been elected as Connecticut's newest "kid governor."

Ella Briggs is a student at the Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School.

She was announced Wednesday as the winner of Connecticut's Kid Governor contest, a civics program that invites schools across the state to nominate candidates. It was created by the Connecticut Democracy Center.

Each candidate designed campaign materials focusing on a community issue important to them. Ella chose LGBTQ youth safety. She will now have the opportunity to promote that issue on the group's website and participate in programs around the state.

Ella came out the winner in an election involving several thousand fifth-grade students at participating schools around the state.

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