NEW BRITAIN -- Just because her exploratory committee is formed doesnâ€™t mean Mayor Erin Stewartâ€™s a candidate yet, the mayor explained.
â€śMy name is not on the ballot just because I announced this exploratory committee, and there is a series of steps I need to get through in order to get to that point,â€ť Stewart said.
The first step for Stewart is fundraising. As of Thursday afternoon, Stewart had already raised $10,000 and said qualifying for the stateâ€™s public financing election system, the Citizens Elections Fund, is her goal. To qualify for this, Stewart needs to raise $250,000 in qualifying contributions â€“ meaning from Connecticut residents and in values of $100 or less â€“ before April.
â€śThe best way I can break that down is 2,500 people need to give me $100 bucks in order to get me to the next step,â€ť Stewart said.
The process going forward is laid out. Stewart wants to continue to raise money in anticipation of the GOPâ€™s convention Saturday, May 12.
At the convention, the stateâ€™s 1,000-plus GOP delegates will endorse a candidate. Any candidate that earns 15 percent of delegate votes has an opportunity to force a primary, which would be Tuesday, August 14. The filing deadline for candidates in June 12.
Connecticut voters will pick their next governor in the 2018 election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
- Skyler Frazer, @SFrazerNBH