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Salem, OR—Taneesh Garg, a fifth-grade student at Beaverton’s Springville K-8, was sworn in in a virtual ceremony today as Oregon’s fourth Kid Governor. Garg ran and won on his platform of eliminating racism.

“I am grateful and humbled to be chosen as Oregon’s Kid Governor,” Kid Governor Garg told the gathered virtual crowd during his inauguration. “During my one-year term, I will be focusing on implementing my three-point plan for the community issue of racism. I chose this topic because being treated differently because of your skin color or culture is hurtful. One day, I was imagining if all the kids were the same, we all looked the same, did the same things, talked the same way, the world would be really boring. Our differences in culture, language, customs, and festivals enriches this world.”

Paul De Muniz, former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, delivered the oath of office following remarks from Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. Among the gathered virtual crowd was Taneesh’s family and fifth-grade classmates, Rep. Janelle Bynum, Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, and outgoing and former Kid Governors including Raaga Mandala (2020), Erikka Baldwin (2019), and Dom Peters (2018).

Garg, elected Kid Governor by his peers across Oregon in November, was among 17 applicants and seven finalists.

“I am so inspired by Taneesh and his commitment to eliminating racism in our state,” Secretary Fagan said. “I look forward to working with him over the next year to advance his service project and help highlight the importance of civics education. Taneesh is an incredible leader, and I can’t wait to see how he fulfills his term as Kid Governor.”
Kid Governor, started by the Connecticut Democracy Center in 2015 as a way of introducing Civics Education to fifth graders, is in its fourth year in Oregon. The program is administered by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. This year, more than 1,800 students from 46 schools across Oregon registered to nominate a candidate and or vote in this year’s election.

“Kid Governor is an incredible opportunity to give students across Oregon first-hand experience in the democratic process,” said Mary Beth Herkert, former state archivist and state coordinator for the Kid Governor program. “Taneesh joins an inspiring group of young people who have been elected Kid Governor and worked to advance community service projects that make Oregon a better place for all.”

Watch a replay of Taneesh Garg’s virtual inauguration here: http://or.kidgovernor.org/WatchNow. Learn more about Garg and his platform, as well as the cabinet who will be serving with him in the year ahead, here: http://or.kidgovernor.org/2020-statewide-election.

MEDIA CONTACT: Aaron Fiedler / Press Secretary / aaron.fiedler@oregon.gov

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