PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — Oregon has a new kid governor - Pleasant Hill Elementary student Emerie Martin was sworn in as 2022's Kid Governor Tuesday morning.
The virtual Zoom ceremony was hosted by Secretary of State Shemia Fagan along with finalists and cabinets from other schools.
Martin was elected by 5th graders from across the state.
Her focus is on preventing animal abuse.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I am humbled and honored to represent the 5th graders of Oregon as the newest Kid Governor," Martin said in a statement. "Those who nominated and elected me, put their faith in me to help solve an ongoing problem in Oregon: animal abuse. And while it may not be the most pressing issue in our world today, it is still an issue and one that I believe I can help fix."
She has a three-point plan. It involves stopping people who were convicted of animal abuse from adopting another animal abuse and volunteering in animal shelters.