WASHINGTON (WFLA/CNN) – An 8-year-old girl who lost an election to become class president was surprised by a letter from Hillary Clinton.
Martha Kennedy Morales is a third-grade student in Maryland. She recently lost her school election to a boy in her class by just one vote.
“It’s disappointing to figure out that you lost something that you fought for really hard and you put a lot of effort into it,” she said.
Morales says her father posted on Facebook about her run. She later received a letter from the former first lady who lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump.
“I guess somebody told Hillary about it…and then she felt inspired to write me,” Morales said.
In the letter, Clinton said she knows “too well, it’s not easy” to run for a “role that’s only been sought by boys.”
Clinton also had some advice for Morales.
“As you continue to learn and grow in the years ahead, never stop standing up for what is right and seeking opportunities to be a leader,” she wrote.
Though she didn’t win the election, Morales says she’s still excited to serve as vice president for the year.
“I get to be the tie-breaker when the House and the Senate can’t agree on something,” she said. “I have meetings with the president, then we get to visit the committees and see what their bills are and give them suggestions about their bills.”