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March 4, 2024 2024 Power 50

2024 Power 50: 12. Erin Stewart

Erin Stewart

Erin Stewart had much to celebrate at the close of 2023.

She and her young family welcomed a new baby boy in October. A month later, she cruised to victory in November, winning a sixth term as the Republican mayor in the Democratic city of New Britain.

A star in the state’s ailing Republican Party, Stewart has already hinted she has interest in running for governor. All eyes will be on her during the next gubernatorial race in 2026.

Stewart was the youngest mayor in the city’s history when she was first elected in 2013, at the age of 26. She is also the second woman elected mayor, and the only woman to win the seat more than once.

Stewart has been a major proponent of new apartment development, particularly near the city’s CTfastrak bus stop.

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In 2023, progress continued on projects such as “The Brit,” a $20 million, 107-unit apartment development in downtown; “The Strand,” a 100-unit multifamily complex on Main Street; and the $25 million “Highrailer” project that will feature 114 apartment units, retail and restaurant space.

Also during her tenure, Stewart helped launch projects like the Energy & Innovation Park, extension of the Stanley Loop Trail and development of the city’s new Health Department facility.

Stewart is the daughter of former four-term New Britain Republican Mayor Timothy Stewart. Politically, she is a strong proponent of gay rights and pro-choice on abortion.

She has won a Women’s Leadership Award from the Connecticut Republican Party, was named one of Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” and has been featured in profiles in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan magazine, Time Magazine and Newsmax, which named her one of the “30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30.”

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