PLAINVILLE, Connecticut — A doctor whose wife and two daughters were murdered in a shocking home invasion nearly a decade ago has been elected to the Connecticut state legislature.
William Petit defeated 11-term Democrat state Rep. Betty Boukus with nearly 60% of the vote in the district that includes Plainville and part of New Britain.
The 60-year-old Petit, who is a Republican, said he ran for office e as a fiscal conservative, not a crime victim.
Petit’s wife and two teen daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire in which he was beaten and left for dead. Two men were convicted of the killings and were sentenced to death but were later spared and given life in prison when the state of Connecticut repealed the death penalty.
The retired family doctor became increasingly involved in politics when he publicly opposed the effort to overturn the state’s death penalty statute. Petit says he has no plans to try to revive Connecticut’s death penalty a he wants to focus on pushing for needed budget cuts instead.
“There’s many things that we want, but don’t necessarily need, and we’re at a point where we need to make hard choices,” he told The Associated Press.
The race drew wider attention when a month ahead of the election, an online ad from a labor union’s political action committee tried to link Petit to Donald Trump and “attacks on women and families.”
Boukus, 73, said she found the ad distasteful and a union official resigned in its wake.