Stewart says she brings qualifications, diversity to GOP ticket
Just weeks after New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart lost out on the Republican endorsement in the lieutenant governor’s race, she called on her party to consider nominating a more diverse ticket for the November election.
She stood by that stance Monday, saying the GOP needs to “think about who you’re appealing to in your electorate.” But she also said she has the track record to be more than just a mere nod to those who want to see diversity among nominees.
“Having both of those things are extremely important when it comes to choosing who the candidate should be for lieutenant governor,” she said Monday during a visit to the Record-Journal for an episode of the “Morning Record.”
Stewart is one of three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, going up against Sen. Joe Markley, of Southington and the endorsed candidate, and Dairen First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson.
Stewart has been mayor of New Britain since 2013, when she was sworn in at the age of 26. She is also the daughter of Tim Stewart, who was mayor of New Britain from 2003 to 2011.
Stewart initially made a run for governor, but announced at the start of the Republican convention in May that she would instead pursue the lieutenant governor’s position. Her campaign was never able to gain momentum after she entered the race late — she formed an exploratory committee in January before official becoming a candidate in March.
She said her track record, including winning multiple elections in a city where, like much of Connecticut, Democrats outnumber Republicans in terms of registration.
Stewart points to her ability to work with her city’s unions, in particular, as something that should make her an attractive candidate. She, like many Republicans, are pledging to approach state employee unions to