NEW BRITAIN - â€śWe did it!â€ť Mayor Erin Stewart exclaimed Thursday on Facebook Live after announcing her campaign had reached its fundraising goal.
Stewart, one of three Republicans running for lieutenant governor, announced that sheâ€™d exceeded the $75,000 fundraising total necessary for participation in the stateâ€™s Citizensâ€™ Election Program.
To receive a grant of about $400,000 through the program, a candidate for lieutenant governor must raise $75,000 in increments of $100 or less, mainly from Connecticut residents. The last day to submit an application is today, July 20.
â€śI just want to express so much gratitude to everybody, thank you so much for everything that you did to help us out,â€ť Stewart told her audience on Facebook Live.
Stewart said her campaign will submit her Citizensâ€™ Election Program application to the State Elections Enforcement Commission this morning.
â€śNow Iâ€™ve got to hit the ground running really hard and campaign strong until the August 14 primary,â€ť Stewart said. â€śI am going to be your next lieutenant governor, I can assure you of that.â€ť
With the application deadline nearing, Stewart needed to raise more than $30,000 this month. According to Stewartâ€™s July 10 financial filing, her campaign had raised only $44,355 as of June 30.
Stewart was a latecomer to the lieutenant governor race. She had been campaigning for governor before dropping out and targeting the No. 2 job on the first day of the Republican convention in May.
Stewart had raised more than $150,000 for her run for governor, but none of that money could be used for her lieutenant governor campaign.
Both of Stewartâ€™s opponents, Republican Party-endorsed state Sen. Joe Markley of Southington and Darien First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson, also hope to participate in the Citizensâ€™ Election Program. Markley was approved months ago and Stevenson submitted her application last week.
â€śIt is time to change the way we do business in Hartford. It is time to change the type of people that we are sending to represent us in Hartford, and I want to be your voice,â€ť Stewart said.
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