Erin E. Stewart (born May 4, 1987) is New Britain's 40th Mayor elected November 5th 2013.
Erin Stewart, 26, a lifelong resident of the City of New Britain, comes from a family with a respected tradition of community service. She is the daughter of Patricia (Badolato) and Timothy Stewart.
Erin served on the New Britain Board of Education where she worked tirelessly over the past two years to help make our city’s school system more effective for students and more efficient for taxpayers. She has worked to encourage greater parent participation, advocate for assessment measures that measure the performance of teachers and administration, and has been a part of the process to demand more scrutiny of board expenditures. This includes supporting a zero based budgeting system, and the hiring of a new finance director.
She is the former Vice Chairperson of New Britain’s Commission on Community and Neighborhood Development, where she headed their planning/budgeting sub-committee. She is a Justice of the Peace, and has also held numerous leadership positions as a member of the NB Republican Town Committee since 2008. Her family has been lifelong members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church located on South Main Street.
She is a former volunteer project director and co-founder of NBHS’s “Youth Who Care” initiative for the CT Race in the Park. Erin is a former coach of the NBHS Lady Canes junior varsity softball team and she currently advises the NBHS Marching Band Majorettes. In addition, she has served on the Commission on New Britain Youth and Family Services. In 2007, Erin had the distinct honor of being the recipient of the greater New Britain YWCA’s Women in Leadership award for her hard work and dedication to the CT Breast Health Initiative, working to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for breast cancer.
Erin is a product of the New Britain Consolidated School District. After graduating from New Britain High School, she continued her higher education at Central Connecticut State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a minor in Communications. Before being elected, she was employed by the Connecticut General Assembly as a Legislative Aide. As a result of her education and experience, Erin has learned personally, academically, and professionally how misguided policies can hurt a community and how well-designed legislation and strong leadership can help. She will use that knowledge to help improve the lives of taxpayers, families and children in New Britain as Mayor.