PLAINVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — The Democratic candidate in District 22 has held this office for 11 terms. Many people say this is the first time a Republican challenger has created enough buzz to possibly oust her from office.
Elizabeth Boukus, a 73-year-old Democrat has been the state representative here in office for 22 years. She’s Chair of the Legislatures Sub-committee on Bonding, but also focuses on local projects, like securing funding for the food pantry.
For her Republican challenger, Dr. William Petit, it’s First time running for public office. His campaign has focused on a need for change and he says we need bipartisan governing to help tackle the state’s budget issues.
Dr. Petit is well-known as the survivor of the 2007 home invasion in Cheshire in which he lost his wife and two daughters. Petit moved back to Plainville about a year and a half ago, remarried and has a two-year-old son. This is where he grew up and where his family foundation is located. He has run his campaign saying he’s not running as a crime victim, but as someone with ties to politics who has long considered a run for office.
“My dad was on the council and the Board of Education for more than 17 years. My sister’s on the council, mother on a couple boards, brother in planning and zoning. So I’ve thought about it, but when I was a doctor working 80 hours a week, that wasn’t really practical,” said Petit.
We did reach out several times to Elizabeth Boukus for an interview. She declined to meet with us this afternoon. Both candidates spent much of the day at the polls meeting with voters.