PLAINVILLE — State Rep. William Petit will seek re-election to his seat in the 22nd House District, he announced in a statement Wednesday.
"I thought long and hard about running for Congress in the 5th District and all that would entail,” Petit, R-Plainville, said in his written statement. “But family considerations and my deep seeded commitment to the people I now serve won out.”
Petit, who currently serves Plainville and part of New Britain, said he plans to continue working on issues important to residents and the state.
Petit was the sole survivor of a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire that killed his wife and two daughters. His non-profit organization — the Petit Family Foundation — honors their memories.
Petit ran for public office for the first time in 2016, winning the 22nd House District seat.
Petit acknowledged earlier this month that he was considering a run for the 5th Congressional District after U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Cheshire Democrat, announced she would not seek re-election herself in November. Esty made her announcement days after reports detailed her mishandling of complaints against her former chief of staff.
Before her time in Congress, Esty represented the state House district that includes Petit's former Cheshire home. Esty held the seat for one term, from 2009 to 2010, before losing to Al Adinolfi.
Esty's 2009 vote to abolish the death penalty in the wake of the incident is cited as one of the reasons she lost that election. The legislature approved the bill, but then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed it. The legislature did eventually end the death penalty prospectively in a decision that the state Supreme Court pointed to in overturning existing death sentences, including those convicted for the murders of Petit's family. Petit has been critical of the decision and of Supreme Court justices who sided with the majority when they come up for re-nomination.
He also cited the case as his reasoning in opposing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's nomination of Justice Andrew Mc-Donald for chief justice of the state Supreme Court.