Petit not running for Congress

Dr. William Petit (File).
Dr. William Petit (File).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion says he has decided not to run for Congress.

Dr. William Petit says in a statement provided Wednesday to The Associated Press that he will not be a candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat in northwestern Connecticut. Petit says he was approached by a number of people who urged him to run but noted he is newly remarried and has a 10-week-old son.

Petit told reporters in November he was “50-50” on running for office.

The district is represented by Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty.

Petit was the only survivor of the hostage ordeal in which his wife and two daughters were killed inside his home in Cheshire.

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