Stewart one of many eyeing ballot

Published on Friday, 2 February 2018 18:02
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NEW BRITAIN -- Just because her exploratory committee is formed doesn’t mean Mayor Erin Stewart’s a candidate yet, the mayor explained.

“My 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,” Stewart said.

The first step for Stewart is fundraising. As of Thursday afternoon, Stewart had already raised $10,000 and said qualifying for the state’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 – meaning from Connecticut residents and in values of $100 or less – before April.

“The 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,” Stewart said.

The process going forward is laid out. Stewart wants to continue to raise money in anticipation of the GOP’s convention Saturday, May 12.

At the convention, the state’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

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Friday, 2 February 2018 18:02. Updated: Friday, 2 February 2018 18:05.