Harp Wins New Haven; Stewart Stunner in New Britain; Maturo Back for More

Nov 5, 2013

Erin Stewart celebrates with father Tim after victory
Credit Stewart Campaign Facebook Page

In a municipal election night filled with some big surprises, the biggest is 26-year-old Republican Erin Stewart winning the New Britain mayor's job her father Tim Stewart held for four terms. Stewart upset one-term Democrat Timothy O'Brien.

Stewart is a 2009 graduate of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, and the win comes just one frantic day after a scare shut down the campus and sent O'Brien in front of television cameras. 

In the closely-watched race to replace John DeStefano in New Haven, state Senator Toni Harp beat back a strong challenge by Justin Elicker, another Democrat who had petitioned his way onto the November ballot. 

Next door in East Haven, controversial Mayor Joe Maturo won re-election, despite police scandal in town, comments about "tacos" and latinos, and telling the New Haven Register editorial board "I probably couldn't get elected dog catcher outside the town of East Haven."