The mayor of New Britain announced on Monday that she is officially running for governor.
Republican Erin Stewart made the announcement at noon from Central Connecticut State University.
"We need someone to bring common sense back to Connecticut," Stewart said.
The decision comes a month and a half after she formed an exploratory committee.
“Connecticut is in crisis mode and we need leaders who understand that we must change the way we do business,” Stewart said back in January. “We need leaders who are able to bring together diverse perspectives and backgrounds to make difficult choices in order to get our state moving forward once again. We’ve become too fixated on the negatives.”
Stewart's name had been linked to a potential gubernatorial run beforehand.
In early January, Channel 3 reported that Stewart was set to decide by the end of that month whether or not she planned to run for state office.
Her office said the run would either be for governor or lieutenant governor.
Stewart for first elected in New Britain back in 2013.
She won re-election as mayor of New Britain back in November.
During the campaign, her opponent, Democrat Merrill Gay, slammed Stewart for her commitment to the office as speculation surrounding a potential run for governor grew.
“Connecticut is in desperate need of a leader who can help restore pride in our state, turn the page, and create a new era of competitiveness, stability, and innovation,” Stewart said. “We cannot afford to waste yet another opportunity to take back our state and set it on a new and better course. Let’s do this.”
Stewart joins 10 other Republicans who are officially running. State senator Toni Boucher is still deciding.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is seen as a strong front-runner, although questions about his health are being raised after he collapsed last week at a campaign event.
Last year mayor Boughton had brain surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor. His campaign said the mayor was dehydrated.
The list of Democrats for governor is just as long; there are 11 candidates running. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and former secretary of the state Susan Bysiewicz are still exploring.
Her campaign website is ErinForCT.com.
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