Meeting with Honorable Secretary of State & Deputy Secretary of State

Hello everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to meet our Honorable Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and Deputy Secretary Cheryl. I have had a chance in the past as well to meet both of them and I have always been inspired. I was really looking forward to this meeting.

As the meeting started, I took a few deep breaths and was ready to go. A few seconds later, Nikki spoke about the agenda of the meeting then turned it over to me.

Secretary Fagan and Deputy Secretary Cheryl do know a lot about my platform and have always encouraged and supported me. I quickly gave an update about my platform, my plan and what I’ve been doing till date. We also talked about some fun things and shared some good laughs. So grateful to have this opportunity to meet, learn and feel inspired.

Screen shot of Taneesh, Secretary and Deputy on a remote meeting platform. The Deputy is laughing.

Soon it was question time if I had any and I wanted to ask these. “What is the role of the Secretary of State’s office” , “What was your most Proudest accomplishment?” And “What was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?”

I am so thankful that they took out time from their very busy schedule and patiently answered and explained so much to me. A few things I have learned and wanted to share with you all.

  • The Secretary of State’s Office’s main job is to build the trust between the Government and Citizens.
  • The Secretary of State’s office passionately advocated for a Director of Diversity and Equity who is making systems and programs to embed equity in our state. She is working with the Secretary of State’s Office to promote equity and inclusion in all branches of the government.
  • Another thing I learned is that the Secretary of State’s office advocated for a bill, otherwise known as a law, to make it so the voters’ pamphlet would come in 5 different languages other than English. I think this is so important so that the pamphlet can reach and be understood by so many more people. This helps more people to exercise their right to vote.

Picture time is always a happy time. I smiled my brightest smile. After the picture I thought to myself “Maybe I went a little overboard with the smiling.” 😛

Screen shot of Taneesh, Secretary and Deputy on a remote meeting platform. All are smiling.

The meeting came to an end and I think meeting with Secretary Fagan and Deputy Secretary Cheryl was one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget it.

Also, I would like to take the time here to express my heartfelt thanks for everything Nikki does for me and the Kid Governor Program 🙂


3 thoughts on “Meeting with Honorable Secretary of State & Deputy Secretary of State”

  1. I’m curious to know what the Secretary said when you asked “What was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?” What was it?

    1. Hello Emma,
      Thank you for reaching out. I would love to answer your question.

      Secretary Fagan said that she really wanted to get out in the state and be in the communities to meet people but because of the Covid-19 pandemic she could not get to do all of that. So her hardest decision was to wait for six months before she could go out and meet people around the state.

      I hope this helps answer your question. Thank You.


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