Mayor Erin Stewart's war chest stands at $116K; challengers Sanchez, DeLandro both just over $63K

Published on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 16:13
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – Ahead of the fall elections, the city’s four mayoral candidates continue to build their campaign war chests as the third quarter kicks off this month.

Mayor Erin Stewart, who is running her fifth campaign for the Republican Party, raised $116,243 at the close of the second quarter, making her total contribution totals to be $116,905, leading the other candidates who have so far announced a mayoral run.

Being the mayor of a city while experiencing an ongoing pandemic has given Stewart much food for thought and she said previously it taught her to think from different perspectives on how to communicate with people.

“The experience has helped me become a better mayor and I am able to serve the broader public in a more effective manner,” she said.

There are currently three challengers who are vying for Stewart’s seat.

State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, a Democrat, announced in April he is officially running for mayor and his campaign has raised $64,434 in total. Sanchez has been representing New Britain in the General Assembly since 2011, and currently serves as the chair of the Education Committee.

A New Britain native, Sanchez said the awareness of local elected officials played no part in his upbringing and he hopes to change that for the next generation.

“I am so incredibly proud to call this city home, and my campaign will continue to focus on bringing people together in pursuit of a better future for all here in New Britain,” he said.

Longtime community advocate and businesswoman Veronica DeLandro, a Democrat, announced this week that her campaign has raised $60,207 this quarter, for a total of $63,241 since January.

“We do not take this lightly and understand that every dollar donated is a vote of confidence that someone has casted for us,” she said. “As we head into the September primary, we know that no matter the amount, from $1 to $1,000, every donation counts and every donation matters.”

Since launching her campaign in April, DeLandro has met with local community members, created a vaccine hesitancy campaign, hosted weekly listening sessions and registered residents to vote.

Following behind Sanchez and DeLandro in the Democratic race is Alicia Strong, longtime community advocate and co-founder the New Britain Racial Justice Coalition, who filed $12,529 for this period, marking her fundraising total at $18,639 based on the latest financial statements.

Strong announced in January of creating an exploratory committee to run for mayor as a Democrat, stating she has the education background and management experience to take on a higher leadership role.

“I’ve always been a leader and committed to fighting for New Britain,” Strong said. “A lot of people leave and take their talents away with them. I always come back to this town and I’m here to stay.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 16:13. Updated: Wednesday, 21 July 2021 16:16.