New Britain, Connecticut, Mayor Erin Stewart announced on Facebook on Monday that she will seek the Republican nomination for governor.
“I’m committed to changing the future and charting a new course for our state. I know I have the energy, the enthusiasm, the time and the wherewithal to do it. And I’m ready to bring that to the State of Connecticut.”
The 30-year-old Stewart was first elected as mayor four years ago in a city dominated by Democratic voters. She describes herself as a different kind of Republican.
“On many issues, especially budget and finances, I am very much a conservative. On other issues, my positions are more moderate or liberal. And I stand by them. It’s what I truly believe, and I am not going to change them just to win a campaign.”
Stewart joins a crowded field of more than two dozen Republicans and Democrats running to replace Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, who is not seeking a third term.