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Fifth-grader Dom Peters beat out seven candidates on an anti-bullying platform

COURTESY PHOTO: SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE - Oregon's new Kid Governor Dom Peters (left) pictured Nov. 27 with Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.Gervais resident Dom Peters, a fifth-grader at Willamette Valley Christian School, was elected as the 2018 Oregon Kid Governor on Nov. 27.

Peters was chosen by his peers across the state from a field of eight candidates after running his campaign on an anti-bullying platform. Peters was honored by Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who helped bring the national program to Oregon this year in order to teach students about elections, the importance of civic engagement and contributing to their communities.

"This outstanding program is providing children with firsthand experience in civic engagement and teaching them how elections work and why it is so important to be an engaged and educated voter," Richardson said.

The program is open to all Oregon fifth-graders. Nominations were received from public, private, home and charter schools from across the state. Candidates were required to submit a campaign video about a community issue important to them as well as a three-point plan designed to help other students take action on the issue. Peters was one of eight candidates who moved forward to the week-long general election, and their videos were posted to or.kidgovernor.org for voters to watch before casting their ballots.

"I want to thank everyone who voted for me," Peters said, addressing the assembly in his honor last week. "Thank you all. And together I hope we can help stop bullying in the state of Oregon." More than 1,350 Oregon fifth-grade students registered to vote in the inaugural statewide election for Kid Governor. Peters will begin his one-year term on Jan. 9, 2018 after his inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol. As Kid Governor, Dom will work to raise awareness for the need to prevent bullying and encourage students from across Oregon to do the same. He will also encourage civics awareness among Oregon's fifth-graders.

"Dom is passionate about ending bullying, and we are excited to help him take action and raise awareness of this important issue," said Mary Beth Herkert, Oregon's archivist and director of Oregon's Kid Governor Program.

To learn more about the program and to view the final candidates' videos, go to or.kidgovernor.org. You can also follow Oregon's Kid Governor on Facebook.

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