PLAINVILLE - William A. Petit Jr. has won the 22nd House District seat. This will be his second term as the state Representative. He was challenged by democrat Richard Ireland.
Petit led by 5,692 votes. Ireland had 2,953.
“I feel good. This was a team effort. I thank my team; they knocked on doors, made phone calls and wrote letters. They worked really hard. I think I worked really hard and the people in the district saw that,” said Dr. Petit.
After accomplishing his goals during his previous term, Petit looks forward to doing even more for his community in the future.
The 22nd House District includes Plainville and New Britain. Petit was elected to represent the district in 2016.
Petit has founded the Petit Family Foundation and the “Haley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle” multiple sclerosis scholarship fund.
He is a board member of the town’s Norton Trust, the Health Affair Board at Quinnipiac University, the Women in Science Committee at the CT Science Center and a Men Against Domestic Violence committee at Interval House in Hartford. He was a practicing endocrinologist from 1982 to 2007.
“Voting in this election was very important,” said Dr. Petit, “We have a severe financial situation to address. We need to be able to address this problem and come up with a plan.”
One of Petit’s first agendas in this term will be creating a “fiscal prudent budget” and addressing the precedent debt issue in Connecticut.
Petit pushed for including a bonding cap and spending cap in the proposed 2017 budget, which passed the house and senate but was vetoed by Gov. Dannel Malloy. A compromise budget later passed which still had less municipal aid cuts than the governor’s original proposal.
Petit also asked employers to help him identify regulations that are interfering with their ability to run or expand their business. Petit said the state needs to prioritize spending and distinguish between wants and needs. He supports school curriculum being aligned with the needs of employers in manufacturing and the trades.
Petit said that he didn’t vote for a state bump stock ban because President Trump had already called for a federal ban, which would supersede state regulations.