NEW BRITAIN - Mayor Erin Stewart has been approved for the Citizensâ€™ Election Program in her quest to become lieutenant governor.
The Republican filed her application June 20 and announced Wednesday afternoon that the State Elections Enforcement Commission had approved her participation in the program, which gives financial aid to candidates who qualify.
â€śWe have hit a home run,â€ť Stewart said.
To qualify for the program, underticket candidates must raise $75,000 in increments of $100 or less. A majority of the donations must come from people within Connecticut.
Now, Stewart has a $406,275 grant for the final stretch of campaigning ahead of the Aug. 14 primary.
â€śI want to thank everyone from across Connecticut who supported our efforts over the last several months,â€ť Stewart said. â€śIn a very short amount of time, we received tremendous feedback and support from a large cross- section of voters who are ready for a new generation of Republican leadership at the Capitol.â€ť
With the application deadline nearing a few weeks ago, Stewart needed to raise more than $30,000 in July to qualify for the Citizensâ€™ Election Program. According to Stewartâ€™s July 10 financial filing, her campaign had raised only $44,355 as of June 30.
â€śThis approval allows my team to bring our message and plan to improve the future of Connecticut to a wider audience ahead of the primary on Aug. 14,â€ť Stewart said. â€śThe work and accomplishments I have done in New Britain over the last five years is evidence that I have the skills necessary to bring about change for the state of Connecticut.â€ť
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 primary opponents, Republican Party-endorsed state Sen. Joe Markley of Southington and Darien First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson, have qualified for Citizensâ€™ Election Program.
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