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Youngest Mayor: No 'Trump Factor' in Her Win

Youngest Mayor: No 'Trump Factor' in Her Win
Mayor Erin Stewart, center, campaigns in Connecticut. (Erin Stewart campaign)

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Having won her third two-year term as mayor of New Britain, Connecticut, on Tuesday, Republican Erin Stewart, the youngest big-city mayor in America, told Newsmax recent her win was not due to any "Trump factor."

“Look, the Democrats added 10,000 new voters to the registration rolls during the presidential election. The state Democratic Party recruited paid volunteers — that’s right  — to defeat me. I don’t think for a moment it was a ‘Trump factor.”

On Nov. 8, Stewart, still the youngest after four years in office at age 30 told me that Democrats could not stop her. In a city of 70,000, she defeated Democrat and Board of Education member Merrill Gay by 56 to 44 percent.

Impressive given that New Britain is a city iwhere registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 7-to-1 and this year, Democrats swept most of the contested races for city hall throughout Connecticut.

But where Stewart’s landslide re-election in 2015 gave Republicans a whopping 12-to-3 seat control of the city council, Democrats this year rebounded and captured the council by 9 to 6.

“I’m not necessarily upset by this,” she said, reminding us how the 9-to-6 Democratic advantage is identical to that she dealt with in after winning her first term in 2013. Over the next two years, Stewart eliminated 18 city jobs (“through attrition and not firing”), undid her predecessor’s “superagencies” to restore autonomy to department and agency heads, and oversaw a smaller-than-feared tax increase of $45 a month.

Under Stewart’s aegis, an eight-figure deficit was turned into a $7.8 million surplus. In the mayor’s words, “we had a Republican mayor and a Democratic-controlled council and it forced us to have a conversation. It will work, and perhaps send a message to Congress on how to get things done.”

Looking ahead, Stewart proudly pointed out that the city’s operating deficit is now zero. She quickly added, however, that years of floating bonds under previous mayors “ran the credit card to the maximum” and put the city’s current debt at $200 million.

“And as much as I’d like to cut taxes, it’s not a reality — not now, anyway," she said. "The state under [Democratic Gov. Dan] Malloy has eliminated so many grants for things such as paving roads and after-school programs that [city government] has to pick up the slack."

Stewart spoke proudly of a conference to plan for the future of her city. Her vision includes a mass transit system and a renaissance of the housing industry.

Inevitably, any interview with the re-elected Mayor Stewart winds around to the question of whether she will join the field of 12 Republicans either running for governor next year or exploring the race.

“I won’t close any doors,” she replied, with a laugh.

In 2016 Stewart was named by Newsmax as one of “30 Influential Republicans 30 and under."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Having won her third two-year term as mayor of New Britain, Connecticut, on Tuesday, Republican Erin Stewart, the youngest big-city mayor in America, told Newsmax recent her win was not due to any "Trump factor."
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