PLAINVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — For more than two decades Elizabeth Boukus has held the title of State Representative in District 22. Boukus, a democrat, first took office in 1994. Tonight, Boukus arrived at Republican Party Headquarters in Plainville to concede to Republican challenger Dr. William Petit.
“I firmly believe the old saying you close a door and a new opportunity opens and the lord will find something for me to do. I mean, I have to be working. I do enjoy it,” said Boukus.
Dr. Petit is known to many as the only survivor of the 2007 Cheshire home invasion that took the lives of his wife and two daughters. Now remarried with an almost 3 year old son, Petit moved to Plainville in 2015 and decided to run for State Representative.
Petit grew up in the town and says many other family members have been involved in local politics. Petit turned down a request to run for United States Congress two years ago but said this year the timing was right and public office is something he’s thought about for years.
“Dad was on the council and the Board of Education for more than 17 years. My sister is on the council and mother on a couple boards, brotjer in planning and zoning. So I’ve thought about it but when I was a doctor working eighty hours a week that wasn’t really practical,” said Petit.
As he celebrated victory he was joined by his parents, siblings, and dozens of other family and friends.
Petit won the vote in all 5 precincts in Plainville but came up short in neighboring New Britain. Petit’s campaign focused on what he says is a need for change following Boukus’ 11 terms served.
Boukus told News 8 she wants to stay involved in the political scene but is unsure what step comes next.
Petit says after a day or two of rest he will be moving full steam ahead as he learns the duties of his newly elected office