NEW BRITAIN - Republican Mayor Erin Stewart announced Monday morning she is running for a fourth term.
“My vision is crystal clear: keep investing, keep building, keep leading, and keep stepping forward. That is why I am proud to announce that I am officially seeking re-election as your mayor,” Stewart said in a video posted on her mayoral Facebook page Monday morning.
In the video, she highlighted her accomplishments as mayor.
“We are tearing down blight, rebuilding our streets, and laying a foundation for a new New Britain,” she said on the video. “We are transforming our outdated schools, providing care for those who need it most, and making our neighborhoods safe and vibrant. We are creating an environment where businesses can thrive and where families want to live. We’ve accomplished a lot, and there’s much we can be proud of, but it doesn’t happen without leadership.”
She went on to explain what leadership means to her.
“Leadership means doing what you know is right, especially when it isn’t popular or easy. It means telling people where you stand, where you want to go, and then going there. Leadership means holding yourself accountable for both the successes and the shortcomings. If New Britain is going to continue stepping toward a brighter future, it will take leadership,” she added.
Stewart said she believes a fourth term would allow her to accomplish many goals she has for the city.
“I think that the City of New Britain is a very different place than it was six years ago. We’ve charted a path for the city that’s unprecedented and I would like to continue with all the great things that we are trying to accomplish,” she said. “It’s been my highest honor to serve as mayor of the city.”
Stewart was first elected mayor of New Britain in 2013 and went on to be re-elected in 2015 and again in 2017.
In 2018, Stewart set her sights on a position in state government, first announcing her campaign for governor, but dropping out of the run for the top seat and entering the race for lieutenant governor where she was defeated.
“We had an unsuccessful attempt at statewide office, but I learned so much through that process and I feel that I am a better leader for having had that experience,” she said on Monday. “In the future, if the chance presents itself again I’m sure I would consider it, but it was a lot of work. My focus right now is in the City of New Britain and that’s where my heart is.”
Stewart said her strength as mayor is her experience, her ability to relate to members of the community and her efforts in helping residents learn how government works. But she said she also recognizes the challenges that come with the job.
“A lot of my frustration as mayor has come from the state, which is one of the reasons why I had attempted to seek statewide office in the first place. The unfunded mandates that come on the city are unfair,” she said. “We are not perfect and I will be the first person to admit that, but I will always work hard, day in and day out, to make New Britain a better place.”
With seven months to go before Election Day, Stewart already has a challenger. Christopher Porcher, a Democrat from New Britain, announced his candidacy for mayor last week.
Stewart said, “I don’t know much about him but I wish him the best of luck.”
Stewart will host a re-election kickoff event on Tuesday, April 23 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 511, 41 Veterans Drive. The entry fee is $25 per person. To learn more about Stewart and her campaign visit stewartfornb.com.
To view Stewart’s video announcement, visit www.facebook.com/ErinStewartCT, StewartforNB.com, or YouTube at youtu.be/cj1l1ZIwTjs.
The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.