PLAINVILLE - State Rep. Dr. William Petit Jr. of Plainville announced that he will not be running for Congress.
In a statement sent on Wednesday morning, Petit announced that he will seek re-election to the 22nd State House District seat. This is the seat he has had for the last two years.
His statement in full is as follows:
“State Rep. Dr. William Petit Jr. Of Plainville today announced that he will seek re-election to the 22nd State House District seat that he has occupied for the last two years and forego a run for Congress.
After much consideration with his family and friends, Petit said in the end it was a relatively easy decision to run for again for the State House and continue serving his constituents in Plainville and New Britain.
“I thought long and hard about running for Congress in the 5th District and all that would entail. But family considerations and my deep-seated commitment to the people I now serve won out,” Petit said.
Petit had been urged by state and national figures to consider a congressional run
in the wake of the controversy that has consumed Democrat Elizabeth Esty over sexual misconduct activities in her office in Washington.
Petit said he wants to continue working on critical issues that are important to his constituents and the state, including keeping our communities safe, public health considerations and straightening out the state’s finances.
“Connecticut needs to come up with a better way to help businesses grow so that they can expand their payrolls. We need fewer regulations and we need to lessen the overall burden on earners and employers if we want to stimulate economic growth,” Petit said. “At this point, I feel I can be a stronger agent for changing Connecticut for the better in Hartford than in Washington.”