A North Hampton girl is this year's "Governor for a Day" and will spend the day with Gov. Chris Sununu on the deadline for filing with the state.

The sixth grader at the North Hampton School shares the governor's love for New Hampshire, and said in her essay she couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

“I love my home state, and I want to do everything I can for it,” Madelynn wrote in her submission. But she acted like a typical sixth grader when Sununu made the call to let her know she had been selected, and began to cry with happiness.

"This is literally my dream come true. Thank you," Madelynn said.

When Sununu proposed the date for Madelynn to come to the State House, she said she was singing in a school concert in the evening.

"Here's the best part. You're the governor! You get to make your own schedule, so don't worry about it. You get to be in charge," Sununu said.

Madelynn Dinan of North Hampton, the Governor for The Day 6/1/22
Madelynn Dinan of North Hampton, the Governor for The Day 6/1/22 (Gov. Chris Sununu)
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Like the governor, Madelynn got a ride with a State Police trooper to Concord.

Sununu posted about Madelynn's day on his Twitter account. He said Madelynn went to an Executive Council meeting. She also attended a concert by the Salem High School chorus performed in tribute to Patricia Ramsey of the Edgewood Centre.

The Governor for a Day program was started in 2018 and is open to all middle and high school students in the state. Students must submit an essay to complete the sentence "If I were governor for a day I would...."

In her essay, Madelynn said she wanted to learn more about helping small businesses.

"A certain incentive I would love to focus on is Project Restart New Hampshire. I would like to help expand small businesses and find ways to get people wanting to work again, which would greatly help our state and the people in it, especially the people who haven’t been able to land a solid job since the pandemic," Madelynn wrote. "I realize that many places had to close their doors during Covid, and helping reopen some of those businesses would help and bring joy to so many. Maybe even help people who lost their companies start completely new businesses, different from what they had before."

Republican Thad Riley filed on Wednesday morning, and Julian Acciard said he would make his switch from the First Congressional District race official in the afternoon. Democrat Tom Sherman is also expected to file.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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