New Britain Mayor explores run for governor

(WTNH) — New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart has announced on Facebook Live that she is exploring a run for governor.

On Monday, the 30-year-old made the announcement about her future political plans to her thousands of followers.

Stewart was the youngest mayor in the nation when first elected in 2013. She was 26-years-old at the time.

She told voters about herself and her views, saying she doesn’t fit into a certain ideology.

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“I’m a Republican, I am fiscally conservative and I am pro-choice,” Stewart said on Facebook Live. “If you’re looking for a candidate that is going to fit in nicely with a certain ideology, that’s not me and I’m not your candidate,” she added.

If Stewart does run for governor, she will enter a crowded race. She hopes to be a fresh face and gain attention and votes from independents.

The young mayor’s announcement comes on the heels of a larger movement of women inspired to get involved in politics at all levels – some for the first time.

Women marched last weekend at Connecticut’s state Capitol as well as nationwide and around the globe.

Caitlin Clarkson Pereira is a Democrat running for the 132nd district. She said it’s baffling how many men dominate politics.

“I see men only at the table and we need the voices of women at the table at all levels from town councils hopefully all the way up to President’s office one day,” Clarkson Pereira said.

Jillian Gilchrest is a Democratic candidate running for state representative in the 18th district. She made an impassioned speech saying women will make waves in 2018.

“I was told I had to wait in line because there were men in front of me who want the seat when he steps down,” Gilchrest said. “Well, I’m not waiting because this is a democracy and there are no lines – there are elections.”

Senator, Beth Bye (D-West Hartford) is the founding board member of Politca. The group supports progressive women in winnable elections across the state.

“The organization is going to be focused on four to five House or Senate races that, we believe, are not currently occupied by progressive women, where progressive women can win those races,” Bye told News 8 in November.

Currently, there are three progressive organization working to elect female democrats. Republicans are lagging behind and acknowledging that democrats are steps ahead.

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