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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 20. Erin Stewart

Steve Laschever New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart

New Britain’s Republican Mayor Erin Stewart is serving in her fifth two-year term and shows no signs of slowing down.

In fact, earlier this month she announced she’s running for a sixth term.

Stewart, daughter of former four-term New Britain Republican Mayor Timothy Stewart, broke ground on eight development projects in 2022, totaling nearly $156 million in investment.

Last year, she also oversaw the launch of projects like phase one of the Energy & Innovation Park, the city’s brand new Health Department facility, the extension of the Stanley Loop Trail, and a partnership with GoNetspeed that will allow city residents to access more affordable internet.

Stewart, the city’s 40th mayor and its second female mayor, is fiscally conservative but progressive on many social issues. She’s a strong proponent for gay rights and is pro-choice on abortion. 

Stewart, who was the youngest mayor when she was first elected at age 26 in 2013, does have political aspirations beyond city hall.

She is seen as a rising star for the GOP – a woman who has been able to stave off repeated Democratic attempts for her job in a city where registered Democrats far outpace registered Republicans. In 2018, Stewart ran for governor. Many believe she will seek her party’s nomination for the state’s top political job again down the road.

Stewart and her husband Dominic Mutone, who works in the city’s Public Works Department, have a young daughter, Lina.

Stewart also is a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, following in the footsteps of her father.

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