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Mayor Erin Stewart Jumps In, Shakes Up CT-Gov. Race

March 20, 2018 By Staff
Mayor Erin Stewart Jumps In, Shakes Up CT-Gov. Race

The young New Britain mayor is only the second major female candidate in the gubernatorial race, and could make waves at the May CTGOP convention.

Mayor Erin Stewart (R-New Britain) jumped in the Connecticut gubernatorial race on Monday, with an announcement speech at her alma mater, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).

Stewart suggested she could be a young, fresh face that both wins the governorship this fall and sweeps Republicans into control of the state legislature.

Reclaim Connecticut had reported on the launch of Stewart’s exploratory committee in January.

The New Britain mayor has the potential to shake up a crowded GOP primary in the governor’s race, which has at least a dozen other credible candidates. A key metric for her will be the 2018 first-quarter fundraising reports – likely to be out in early to mid-April – when observers and her rivals will see if she’s made significant progress to raising the $250,000 necessary to qualify for public election grants.

Stewart is going full steam ahead, though. One of her first tweets since announcing on Monday was confirming to a Twitter user she’d be “okay” with marijuana legalization “as long as it’s regulated.”

The tweet may indicate Stewart will bring an unfiltered, direct-to-voters style to her gubernatorial campaign.