CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has a new kid governor.
Charlie Olsen, of Auburn, was inaugurated Friday at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The fifth-grader was selected among 14 candidates by over 1,000 of his peers throughout the state as part of this year's program.
Charlie ran on a platform to address childhood depression.
“I struggled with loneliness and fear that came with came with the quarantine orders" during the pandemic, Olsen said in his inaugural address. “My doctor diagnosed me with situational depression."
He said he wants to help other kids who have felt the same way. “I want to bring kids together to know that they have the support that they need," he said.
He said he planned to host and create public service announcements to let kids know “that they don't have to be ashamed of how they are feeling." Charlie also wants to create mentoring and buddy programs.
New Hampshire's Kid Governor is led by the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. The program teaches fifth-graders about state government, elections and civic engagement through a real-life election that's timed to coincide with Election Day in November.
Charlie will serve as kid governor for a year.